LSU football’s main competition for 4-star QB Garrett Nussmeier

LSU Football head coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LSU Football head coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

2021 four-star quarterback Garrett Nussmeier is one of LSU football’s top recruiting targets.

The assumption over the last couple of months has been that four-star quarterback Garrett Nussmeier is LSU football’s to lose.

Nussmeier, 6-foot-2/185 lbs from Flower Mound, TX (Marcus), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 16 player in the state of Texas and the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the nation.

The highly touted quarterback has several connections to LSU. He was born in Louisiana and his dad, Doug Nussmeier, has a strong connection to new Tigers passing game coordinator Scott Linehan.

(Linehan coached Nussmeier’s father at Idaho in the early 90’s. Linehan and Doug Nussmeier also coached together with the Dallas Cowboys.)

Those connections make it seem like a formality that Nussmeier will end up at LSU.

In fact, Rivals recently “ranked the contenders” for Nussmeier and they have the Tigers as the most likely program to land the four-star quarterback.

But LSU shouldn’t get too comfortable in their pursuit of Nussmeier.

Rivals suggests that the Miami Hurricanes are right behind LSU as one of the most likely programs to land Nussmeier. They note that Nussmeier has a good relationship with Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

Nussmeier hasn’t visited the Hurricanes yet, but he plans on visiting before making his final decision (which is part of the reason Nussmeier recently delayed his commitment).

LSU is also strongly pursuing five-star quarterback Caleb Williams, who is rated as the No. 5 overall 2021 recruiting in the nation.

If the Tigers are able to land Williams, then perhaps Nussmeier will see a better opportunity at Miami.

Or even if LSU doesn’t land Williams, it’s possible that Nussmeier, because he’s keeping his options open, falls in love with another school.

LSU would obviously love to land both quarterbacks, but it seems unlikely that will happen.

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The Tigers need to be careful with their approach to this situation, it could backfire and they could land neither.

And that would be absolutely disastrous.