Garrett Nussmeier’s commitment to LSU football could rule Tigers out for 5-star QB

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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LSU football received a commitment from four-star quarterback Garrett Nussmeier on Monday.

LSU football kicked off the week with some good news on Monday.

The Tigers received a commitment from 2021 four-star quarterback Garrett Nussmeier.

Nussmeier, 6-foot-1/182 lbs from Flower Mound, TX (Marcus), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 15 player in the state of Texas and the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the nation.

Nussmeier is described by 247Sports midland region recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks as a player who “shows good touch on timing routes and other deep throws outside the numbers”. Brooks also noted that Nussmeier is “pro-style but quick-footed and shows ability to make first rusher miss to extend play” and has an “encouraging ability to throw on the run”.

It’s hardly a surprise that Nussmeier committed to LSU. The young quarterback seemed destined to end up in Baton Rouge.

First off, Nussmeier was born in Louisiana. Then there’s the fact that his father, Doug Nussmeier, has a good relationship with new Tigers passing game coordinator Scott Linehan.

The elder Nussmeier was coached by Linehan in college at Idado. He also coached with Linehan when both were on the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff.

This wasn’t the only quarterback news that LSU received on Monday. Five-star dual threat quarterback Caleb Williams, the nation’s No. 5 overall 2021 recruit, released his top three schools earlier in the day. LSU was included, along with Maryland and Oklahoma.

Most recruiting analysts feel like Oklahoma is in the driver’s seat right now for Williams, thanks to his close relationship with Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley. The departure of passing game coordinator Joe Brady from LSU is another factor that’s working in Oklahoma’s favor.

The commitment of Nussmeier to LSU probably puts Oklahoma even further in front for Williams. It seems unlikely that the top rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation will want to go a program where he’ll be entrenched in a completion with another highly rated quarterback that already has a relationship with the passing game coordinator.

While I’m sure LSU would love to have both quarterbacks, it’s certainly possible that they view Nussmeier as the better fit for their offense. Williams might be rated higher by the recruiting services, but Nussmeier could be higher on the Tigers’ board.

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Either way, it looks like Nussmeier will be wearing purple in 2021. And Williams will probably be wearing crimson.