Is LSU the next Quarterback U? Tigers get pledge from Nussmeier, and in top 3 for No. 1 QB
BATON ROUGE — The impact of Joe Burrow's golden career at LSU may be transforming the reigning national champions into the next Quarterback U.
LSU received a commitment from the No. 6-ranked pro style quarterback in the nation on Monday — Garrett Nussmeier (6-foot-2, 182 pounds) of Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas.
Also on Monday, the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the nation — Caleb Williams (6-1, 200) of Gonzaga High in Washington D.C. — narrowed his choices to LSU, Oklahoma, and Maryland over such schools as Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State.
“I’ve been getting a good impression from the LSU coaches,” Williams said to Rivals.com.
Williams has been recruited by LSU offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Steve Ensminger, who also has recruited Nussmeier.
"They're really not trying to change anything. They're saying that what they did last year is who they are," Williams said. "That's a good sign of them believing in what they did last year, even with these new coaches coming in and trying to do the same thing. I get a good vibe from them. Hopefully we can build this relationship more. I’ve known coach Ensminger for a while now, so that relationship is pretty good."
Williams also mentioned LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.
"My relationship with coach O is pretty good, too," he said. "It's the same thing for a few of the other coaches on staff. They've been describing what they're going to do, how they're going to try to win another national championship, and the high caliber offense they're going to have next year."
Williams is a five-star prospect on a scale with five as the highest. Nussmeier is a four-star prospect. Williams is the No. 3 overall national prospect by Rivals.com, while Nussmeier is No. 87.
Nussmeier, whose father Doug Nussmeier is the quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys, committed to LSU over such schools as Texas, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, and TCU.
Flower Mound is 39 miles from Dallas, where Nussmeier was the tight ends coach for the Cowboys in 2018 and '19. He had agreed to be an offensive analyst for LSU in 2018, but then got the Cowboys offer. He previously was the offensive coordinator at Florida, Michigan, Alabama, Washington, and Fresno State.
A fourth round draft pick of New Orleans in 1994 out of Idaho, Nussmeier was a Saints backup quarterback from 1994-97.
Burrow, who won LSU's first Heisman Trophy in 2019 since 1959, was the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Junior Myles Brennan is expected to replace him as the starter. Freshmen signees Max Johnson of Watkinsville, Georgia, and TJ Finley of Ponchatoula will compete for the backup job.
Johnson (6-4, 215), a four-star prospect, signed as the No. 11 pro style quarterback in the nation and No. 32 prospect in Georgia. Finley (6-7, 230) is a three-star signee.
Brennan (6-5, 183) was the No. 12 pro style quarterback in 2017 out of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
The Tigers have nine commitments for their 2021 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 12 in the Rivals.com rankings.