2019 Houston (Tex.) St. Pius quarterback Grant Gunnell can go just about wherever he wants for college at this point and the 6-6 signal caller will be a junior in high school next season. Gunnell's father, Chris, said that their visit though to LSU on Saturday was a game-changer.
"It turned around our whole view of LSU," Chris told Scout at The Opening in New Orleans. "The Tiger community is just overwhelming in a good way! Saturday was really neat."
The Gunnell's took in LSU's scrimmage on Saturday before making their way over to New Orleans for The Opening Regional. Grant Gunnell said that watching LSU's offense under Matt Canada was completely different, a departure from "run the ball or three-step drops."
"It was great. Had a fun time up there with coach Canada and coach O," Grant said. "I like that they're passing more. When we went to his office, he was just saying how he fits the offense to what the quarterback does best. I like that a lot. They're being more creative on offense."
Canada fields calls from Gunnell whenever he feels he needs to reach out. The pair aren't even building a relationship anymore, but rather just chat about the game and how things are going.
"He's a genuine guy and tells you how that is. I like that a lot. I call him whenever I want," Gunnell told Scout. "He just says he likes me as a quarterback and that I'm a winner and a student of the game. He says he likes winners, guys who study the game and like the game of football."
Ed Orgeron also made it clear that he wants the elite quarterback back on campus more and more.
"He just said he's looking forward to me getting up there more and spending time with him," Gunnell said. http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1764304-4-star-wr-all-even-ahead-...
While Gunnell wouldn't name a leader or favorites, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are the schools coming after Gunnell the hardest.
"Coach Yurcich (OSU) says if I were to commit there, he'd be shutting everything down. I'm the only guy he wants. That's what every school has said," Gunnell explained. "I just likes how he (Jimbo Fisher) coaches the quarterbacks and gets in your face."
Gunnell plans a mid to late summer decision before his junior season after cutting his list down in the early part of summer.
"I just want it done. It's good because I want to start to recruit kids I'll throw the ball to or block for me," said the four-star quarterback.
Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Nebraska and Florida State will get visits from Gunnell before he cuts down his list. Following his visit to Baton Rouge and the quick timeline on a decision, it's hard not to envision LSU as the possible leader at the moment for Gunnell.
Stay tuned to Scout for more on Gunnell's recruitment and LSU's pursuit of quarterbacks.