Houston (Tex.) St. Pius X quarterback Grant Gunnell burst onto the scene after a stellar sophomore campaign throwing for 4,500 yards and 65 touchdowns along with five rushing scores. His breakout season caught the attention of many programs, which has led to over double-digit offers and becoming one of the nation’s top signal callers.
The Lone Star State gunslinger had been on Michigan’s radar for a while but had no offer to show for. That all changed this past week when he learned the Maize and Blue had officially extended out a scholarship and threw their hat into the mix for his services.
“I had just taken a nap after my workout and I got a call from my head coach and he put Coach (Pep) Hamilton on the phone and then he let me know I had an offer,” Gunnell told The Michigan Insider. “I was ecstatic about it when I heard the news. No, I didn’t honestly (see it coming).”
“He just let me know why they were offering me basically and what they like about me. He said they went over my film and said I have all the intangibles, but what they like the most is my ability to extend the play and make the throws when it's not always a perfect pocket.”
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Gunnell had always liked the Wolverines despite having no offer because of his strong affinity towards the headman, Jim Harbaugh, and former Wolverine and five-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady.
“It's a big-time offer,” said Gunnell. “Very much interested. Well of course Coach Harbaugh is one of the top coaches in college football right now and the history of quarterbacks, especially Tom Brady. I think (Coach Harbaugh) is a great coach and a genius at what he does. I’m also a huge Tom Brady fan. He's a winner and his throwing motion never changes in any situation."
Gunnell now plans on getting up to Ann Arbor and meeting Jim Harbaugh in the future, which could possibly happen later on this summer for their annual A4 Aerial Assault quarterback camp.
“Yeah, for sure I'll probably go up with some other guys on a trip (and visit in the future),” said Gunnell. “I'm trying to (go to the A4 Aerial Assault camp), but it's going to be tough with school and 7on7's.”