LSU's quarterback recruitment took a turn Wednesday.
Myles Brennan, the highly touted quarterback prospect from the Mississippi coast, announced he's reopening his recruitment, a day after LSU offered another quarterback.
Brennan, the 10th-ranked pro-style quarterback prospect in this year's class and a record-setter at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, posted a message on Twitter Wednesday, thanking LSU fans, former coach Les Miles and former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
"It has become very apparent to me that LSU is going through a transition and as a result, I have decided to reopen my recruiting," he wrote.
Brennan's father, Owen, insists his son has not de-committed and still holds strong feelings for the Tigers. The quarterback posted a clarification later Wednesday.
"This is not a de-commit, this is a way to explore all other options as LSU is going through transitions to have a back up plan if needed!" he wrote.
Brennan is one of two quarterbacks committed in LSU's 2017 class. The other is Lowell Narcisse, a dual-threat quarterback from St. James who coaches visited Tuesday.
Brennan's announcement comes a day after LSU offered a scholarship to Alabama dual-threat quarterback commitment Tua Tagovailoa, a surprising move for a program that already had two quarterbacks committed. The move is believed to be connected to LSU's courting of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.
Ed Orgeron, named LSU's permanent coach Saturday, is targeting Kiffin as his new offensive coordinator, The Advocate reported last week. The Tigers are planning to run a spread offense with a dual-threat quarterback, Orgeron said Saturday, a different take on his earlier statement concerning LSU's offense.
"I do believe that nowadays you have to run the spread offense," Orgeron said Saturday. "You have to have dual-threat quarterbacks that can run the ball and throw it. But you have to have somebody who knows how to run it."
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Alabama did not offer a scholarship to Brennan as it did Tagovailoa, the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class who is from Hawaii. Tagovailoa has not visited Baton Rouge, but LSU's offer to him might have sparked Brennan's announcement. Brennan expected LSU to take just two quarterbacks in this class.
"We were all kind of taken aback," St. Stanislaus coach Bill Conides told The (Biloxi, Mississippi) Sun Herald about the Tagovailoa offer.
LSU's offer to Tagovailoa sent college coaches into a frenzy calling Brennan and his family, figuring the pro-style quarterback could be back on the market. Coaches from Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Memphis, Vanderbilt and Cal all contacted Brennan, his father, Owen, said.
In fact, Oklahoma State offered Brennan a scholarship just hours following LSU's offer to Tagovailoa.
"It’s obvious there’s a lot of changes taking place within the LSU football program and in light of that, I have to support my son’s decision to at least explore backup options at this time," Owen Brennan said Wednesday.
Myles Brennan has not scheduled any other visits, but that will be coming, Owen said.
Myles Brennan is one of the nation's most sought-after pocket passers, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder who set the Mississippi record for passing yards in a career early during his senior season this fall. He went the entire season without throwing an interception and led his team to the state championship game in back-to-back seasons.
He's considered by some a savior at a position in which LSU has struggled. The program's quarterback recruitment over the past decade is a well-documented weakness within the program.
This happened months ago, well before any quarterback change unfolded in Baton Rouge.
Under former coach Les Miles, LSU signed 17 quarterbacks in 11 recruiting classes. Of the 17, just three (Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee and Zach Mettenberger) completed their careers at LSU as a quarterback.
Three remain: Danny Etling, Brandon Harris and Justin McMillan. Eleven were dismissed, transferred or switched positions. Seven never played a down at LSU.
Just three of those 17 are from Louisiana, which has only produced 11 major college quarterbacks in the previous 11 classes — an issue in all of this.
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Tagovailoa told USA Today on Wednesday that he'd talk over the LSU offer with his parents, but that, “In a year, in a perfect world I still believe I’ll be at Alabama if everything works out the right way.”
“I committed to Alabama. I gave them my word," he told USA Today. "That’s that. I talked to my parents about this LSU offer, and they have their quarterback committed already (Narcisse). If they’re really trying hard and interested in me we should be getting calls today or this week."
LSU never settled on a quarterback type during Miles' reign. The Tigers signed nine pro-style quarterbacks and eight dual-threat quarterbacks under the coach. During his radio show earlier this year, Orgeron said he wanted to recruit pro-style quarterbacks.
“I want a pro-style quarterback,” Orgeron said in October. “Louisiana has been rich in quarterbacks and pro-style quarterbacks. … We’re going to go anywhere in the country that we need to get them, but we’re going to look at Louisiana first.”
Things have apparently changed, and the guy LSU is after as its next offensive coordinator is known recently for operating an offense with a dual-threat quarterback. Kiffin transformed Alabama from a pro-style offense with a pocket-passing quarterback to one this season that exclusively runs the spread offense with a mobile QB.