Grant Gunnell, a four-star quarterback from Houston, made big recruiting news on Tuesday night.
Grant Gunnell is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 49 recruit overall. He’s the seventh-ranked class of 2019 player in Texas, per 247Sports.
Gunnell had made a very early college decision. Last June, he committed to Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies.
Of course, early commitments often don’t last. Texas A&M had a tumultuous fall which ended in Kevin Sumlin being fired. He is now at Arizona, which has offered Gunnell.
A&M hired Jimbo Fisher, who is known for getting quarterbacks to the next level. Still, Gunnell is understandably reevaluating his situation.
On Tuesday night he decommitted from the Aggies. It probably doesn’t come as a huge shock, but is made more notable by the other recruiting events surrounding the decision.
That afternoon, hours before the decommitment, Gunnell announced that he had received an offer from Ohio State. The Buckeyes have had some success recruiting Texas, and do not yet have a 2019 quarterback commit.
It is unclear if the Ohio State offer had a specific impact on Gunnell’s thoughts about Texas A&M. It does add another prominent name to the long list of top programs that he has offers from. 247’s crystal ball still has a majority of predictions for Texas A&M, but LSU, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State have also picked up a few.
“He said if I commit, he’ll bring the tiger down to my signing day,” Gunnell said, with a chuckle.
The tiger, of course, is Mike the VIII (formerly Harvey), which officially became LSU’s mascot in August 2017. Gunnell — admitting that it’s highly unlikely that Orgeron would pull off such a stunt — said it’s not the only way he knows he’s the top priority for LSU’s 2019 quarterback recruiting.
“I text with him every other day, probably,” Gunnell said. “He’s texting my parents like every morning. He’s a great guy.”
Gunnell will be at LSU this weekend before heading to a 7-on-7 tournament in New Orleans, according to 247Sports. According to the report, the Tigers are among the schools “building momentum” along with Arkansas and TCU.
The Razorbacks also have strong connections to the blue-chip passer. He is the son of two Arkansas alumni, and his grandfather was a member of the 1964 national champion Hogs team.
He was reportedly excited about Arkansas’s coaching change, which brought former SMU head coach Chad Morris to the SEC back in December. WholeHogSports reported that Gunnell would “re-evaluate” the program with Morris at the helm.
Grant Gunnell has plenty of other offers too. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are among his numerous other offers.