LSU Football: Tigers have a future SEC star at quarterback

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When LSU football decided to take a commitment from quarterback Garrett Nussmeier last May, they essentially picked the 6-foot-2 quarterback over Caleb Williams.

Williams, who eventually signed with Oklahoma, was uncommitted when Nussmeier committed to the Tigers.

By taking a commitment from Nussmeier, it meant that LSU was out of the running for Williams (the Tigers were one of Williams’ top schools).

Nussmeier was rated as the No. 83 overall recruit in the 2020 recruiting class, while Williams was rated as the No. 6 overall recruit.

LSU football found a future star

Nussmeier hasn’t been on campus long, but it’s already clear from various comments that he has the potential to be a future star in the SEC.

First off, there’s the attitude that Nussmeier arrived on campus with. The true freshman isn’t content to roll into Baton Rouge this season and be the backup. He came to LSU to win the starting job, according to a recent report from 247Sports.

That’s the kind of attitude a quarterback has to have to be successful in the SEC — don’t be content, always be pushing the guy in front of you.

Nussmeier isn’t happy to just wait his turn — he wants to force the Tigers to play him before others think he should be playing.

Something else that stood out about Nussmeier this week was a comment by rising sophomore wide receiver Kayshon Boutte.

Boutte spoke to 247Sports about various topics, including LSU’s quarterback battle.

Interestingly, Nussmeier is the only quarterback that Boutte mentioned by name.

“Garrett (Nussmeier) really came in as a freshman, really throwing some good balls, making big plays, he’s doing his thing,” said Boutte. “I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”

Now, I don’t think we’re going to see Nussmeier win the starting job over Myles Brennan, TJ Finley, or Max Johnson.

But I think it’s clear that Nussmeier is making a huge impression in Baton Rouge already.

Usually, when that happens for a player this early, a solid career follows.

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The Tigers have some nice quarterback talent on the roster. Nussmeier, however, might be the most talented quarterback in Baton Rouge.