Elite QB Nussmeier Picks LSU, Details Decision in Blog Post
Garrett Nussmeier is one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2021 class with scholarship offers from elite programs coast to coast. He has agreed to give Sports Illustrated exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from his experiences leading up to a college commitment as a high profile recruit to his home life and preparation for his senior season.
What's going on y'all?
I know I'm back early this week but I have an exciting announcement to make. I've decided, after lots of thoughts and prayers, that I will be committing to Louisiana State University.
For me, the decision was a build up of understanding of the things I can do in their offense and the relationship I've built with their coaching staff. They were my first offer. I've visited there many times. My family is from there. Everything just kind of made sense to me.
I know I said, a few weeks ago, that I wanted to continue to make my visits and think the decision out furthermore. But after lots of thinking and talking to my family I decided it was probably in my best interest to go ahead and make a decision. Mainly because the future is kind of unknown with what could happen with visits. I knew that it was right and I was ready to make my decision.
I'd like to thank all of the coaches that spent time recruiting me. As a coach's kid, I understood what it's like when your dad has to take a break from playing a game with you to go call a recruit and I would like to really thank them for taking that time to answer me and recruit me. For the attention that they did, it was a blessing and I'm very thankful for every coach that did that.
This is really exciting for me. Being from Louisiana, I like to say that I've seen purple and gold my entire life. Throughout all my family members, throughout when I was always visiting home. I've understood what the LSU brand means for the state of Louisiana. It's really the main school there. There's other great schools in the state but when you think of the state of Louisiana, you think of the LSU Tigers.
To be a part of that, especially with the chance to be a quarterback for them, was just an opportunity that was hard to pass up on. Especially after them winning a national championship and with the things they did with Joe Burrow to get a first overall pick. It all stacked onto each other and there was really nothing that made sense in why I shouldn't go to LSU.
Throughout this entire thing, I've always liked LSU but I've also liked other schools. I've had an open mind throughout this entire thing. I knew my family is from Louisiana but I was trying to make the best decision for me as a football player. Just having all of that extra stuff is just an add-on for me and I'm truly thankful that I have the opportunity to play at such a great football school that is also such a great opportunity for me and my family.
As far as recruiting-wise, me and Coach O (Ed Orgeron) have constant communication whether it's through text or me calling him. We talk at least twice a week, typically on the phone and sometimes FaceTimeing. We've had a really great relationship through this whole thing. They were my first offer. When Coach (Steve) Ensminger told me on the phone that they had offered me, it was an unbelievable feeling. That kind of stuck with me.
With Coach (Scott) Linehan going there now, that's another aspect to it. He was my dad's offensive coordinator when he was in college at the University of Idaho, so it's almost like a second generation Nussmeier for him. I think it's pretty cool. Also, I've known Coach Russ Callaway for a really long time, so all these things kind of stacked up onto each other.
I'm ready to compete and I'm really excited to just do my part and do what I'm asked to do. Hopefully do it to the best of my abilities.
*Photos and video courtesy of Garrett Nussmeier*