LSU 'looking' at JUCO quarterbacks

Les Miles said Monday that LSU is "looking" into the possibility of adding a junior college quarterback to enroll this spring for competition at the position

LSU is at least considering the possibility of adding a junior college quarterback in the 2015 class.

Les Miles said Monday during his weekly press luncheon that the coaches are “looking” at junior college prospects, “including quarterbacks.”

“I’m not ready to necessarily vision a junior college quarterback this minute, but we— as we are in every class — we look for the best available,” Miles said. “We’re certainly looking at some junior college guys, including quarterbacks, but I’m not telling you that I’m wildly motivated there.”

This comes after word surfaced late last week that LSU had interest in East Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly. Though early reports had stated LSU offered Kelly, EMCC QB coach Scott Gasper informed TSD the Tigers had only requested Kelly’s film at this point.

LSU should have three scholarship quarterbacks this spring, assuming neither Anthony Jennings nor Brandon Harris transfers after the season. The Tigers have a commitment from 2015 three-star Justin McMillan, who will enroll early.

But LSU may want to have someone more experienced come in to press Jennings and Harris after a season that left few satisfied with the play from that position.

Kelly is only one option that’s surfaced so far. The nephew of NFL great Jim Kelly signed with Clemson as a three-star prospect from Buffalo, N.Y., in the 2012 class.

He entered this past spring in a three-player competition to win the Clemson starting job, but things started to unravel from there. He was seen in a verbal altercation with coaches during the Clemson Spring Game. He was also involved in a bizarre car accident in which a female student, who happened to work for the athletic department, claimed Kelly tried to intimidate her into not notifying the police.

The final straw came when the Clemson coaches informed Kelly he’d lost the starting job to Cole Stoudt. Kelly responded in a way that showed "a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program," said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney at the time of Kelly’s dismissal.

Miles didn’t mention any particular players by name, but he did say a junior college quarterback would have to meet several criteria to warrant consideration by LSU.

“It depends on where their maturity is,” Miles said. “If you have a junior college guy that’s run the show, understands the passing game extremely well, can really throw it and understand what we’re going to ask him, then I think that would be something valuable to consider. Ideally, that guy would have to be here in the spring to fully comprehend what we’re going to ask him to do.”

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