Garrett Nussmeier didn’t commit to play quarterback for LSU as part of the 2020-21 class because he wants to come in and try to be the next Joe Burrow.
But the four-star prospect does have some notable similarities to the recently graduated Heisman Trophy winner and NFL No. 1 draft pick. And he certainly has some of the same goals.
Nussmeier (6-foot-2, 182 pounds), like Burrow, is the son of a football coach. His dad is former New Orleans Saints quarterback and current Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier, who was in New Orleans from 1994-97. He coached quarterbacks for the St. Louis Rams from 2006-07 for new LSU passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan and ran plays in Linehan’s offense when the latter was offensive coordinator at Idaho. The former NFL head coach replaced Joe Brady in February when he left to be offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.
“I’d like to say we’re really similar players being coaches’ kids and having the mental aspect to the game as well,” Garrett Nussmeier told Rivals.com. “But I definitely won’t be trying to compare myself to him.
Burrow came to LSU from Ohio State with the intentions of winning a national championship. Nussmeier’s goals don’t sound much different.
“I’m looking forward to getting coached by both of them,” Nussmeier said, referring to Linehan and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. “That offense is unbelievable. It’s ahead of the game. Hopefully I can learn it and get it to its max potential.”
The prep standout from Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus was born in Lake Charles and has moved all over the map as his father coached at Fresno State, Washington, Alabama, Michigan and Florida. He released a two-minute video revealing his decision to pick the reigning national champions over offers from schools like Texas A&M, Texas, Penn State and Baylor.
“I’m heading back to my roots,” Nussmeier said. “I’m committed to Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers!”
His announcement prompted a familiar “Hold that Tiger!” tweet from LSU coach Ed Orgeron, his now trademark signal that LSU has picked up another commitment.
“I felt like I knew in my heart LSU was the place for me,” Nussmeier said. “My family is from there and I’ve always wanted to be a Tiger. I’ve dreamed of playing in Death Valley. It just seemed right.
“Not only was it my first offer but I can 100% say they recruited me the hardest out of any staff. That was a big help. I’ve built a huge relationship with coach Ensminger, and you add the aspect of coach Linehan coming in.”
Nussmeier is ranked No. 104 on the 247Sports recruiting composite. His recruiting rankings per the three major recruiting sites are:
• 247Sports: No. 199 nationally, No. 10 pro-style quarterback and No. 33 prospect in Texas
• ESPN: No. 62 nationally, No. 13 QB overall, No. 7 prospect in Texas
• Rivals: No. 87 nationally, No. 6 pro-style QB, No. 14 prospect in Texas
Nussmeier gives LSU nine commitments for the 2020-21 recruiting cycle and its first pledge from a quarterback.
His announcement comes on the same day as nation’s top-ranked quarterback prospect, Caleb Williams from Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga announced he had trimmed his potential schools down to three: LSU, Oklahoma and nearby Maryland. Oklahoma is rated as a huge favorite for Williams (6-2, 209) by 247Sports, with 100% of the site's predictions having him wind up with the Sooners.
2020-21 LSU commitments (9)
Raesjon Davis, LB, 6-1, 215, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
JoJo Earle, WR, 5-9, 170, Aledo (Texas) HS
Deion Smith, WR, 6-1, 172, Jackson (Miss.) Provine
Garrett Nussmeier, QB, 6-2, 182, Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus
Landon Jackson, LB, 6-6, 240, Texarkana (Texas) Pleasant Grove
Zavier Carter, LB, 6-4, 193, Atlanta Hapeville Charter
Dakota Mitchell, S, 5-11, 170, Winter Park (Fla.) HS
Anthony Hundley, DT, 6-3, 270, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Peyton Todd, P, 6-5, 210, West Monroe (HS)