Just when you thought we were done talking about the LSU quarterback situation…
Les Miles said after the Music City Bowl that the Tigers would go into the spring once again with an open quarterback competition. Fans continue to express their frustration with Anthony Jennings, calling instead for Brandon Harris, who still hasn’t done enough to prove himself in the coaches’ eyes.
2015 recruit Justin McMillan will join those two in the spring, as he’s set to arrive on campus this weekend. He’s unlikely to figure much in that competition though, as he’s still a couple years away from being ready to see the field.
But there may be another quarterback added to that group, if recent reports are any indication.
The first big piece of news dropped Monday, when a report from Nola.com’s Jim Kleinpeter said Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had reached out to LSU about transferring for his senior season. Reports later called that premature, and Golson himself even tweeted out a not-so-subtle denial regarding his interest in leaving Notre Dame.
There would be problems with that from the LSU perspective as well. Golson won’t graduate until May, meaning he’d miss the entirety of spring practice. Miles said during the season when discussing junior college quarterbacks that getting them in the spring was imperative for their adjustment to the system. LSU would also have to file a waiver with the SEC to accept Golson’s transfer because he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2013 season.
Combining all those issues makes the potential of a Golson-to-LSU transfer seem pretty far-fetched.
But the name that surfaced Tuesday makes a bit more sense. Steve Schneider with WAFB reported that Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was considering LSU as a possible landing spot for his senior season. That fell in line with what Jordan Schultz from the Huffington Post has reported for a while — that Miller was deciding between LSU or Oregon and would announce after the national championship game.
Miller reinjured his surgically repaired throwing shoulder in August, giving way to J.T. Barrett, who turned in a solid season for the Buckeyes. Even Cardale Jones has stepped in for the injured Barrett and helped lead Ohio State to the title game.
All that traffic on the depth chart has most assuming Miller will venture elsewhere to finish his college career, and based on these reports, that looks to be the case.
There is the concern with his health though. Many wonder just how much life is left in that right shoulder after all the trauma it’s sustained. Miller was widely considered a potential Heisman candidate had he not been injured before the season, so if he is back to 100 percent health, then it’s clear what kind of ability he’d bring to a new school.
The other problem from an LSU perspective is beating Oregon. Marcus Mariota is in all likelihood heading for the NFL after the title game. That would leave the Ducks with four quarterbacks on the roster, only one with playing experience. So Miller would definitely be in line to take over the starting role should he head to Eugene, which might make for a more enticing destination.
What this all proves though is that LSU is far from satisfied with its current quarterback situation.
The Tigers aren’t even done recruiting for the 2015 class. Ohio State commit Torrance Gibson is expected to take an official visit to Baton Rouge the weekend of Jan. 23. LSU was one of the schools originally in consideration, and he visited back in March. The Buckeyes quickly became a clear favorite though, and he’s apparently been solid ever since.
So it’s not yet clear just how much of a chance the Tigers have at convincing him otherwise. Should Gibson make that trip, then it’ll show he is at least open to what LSU has to offer. It would seem a longshot though that he ends up anywhere other than Columbus.
But the quarterback position continues to be a hot topic in Baton Rouge. Between Golson, Miller and Gibson, the Tigers still seem to be shopping for another guy to add to the ongoing competition.
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