Elite QB Prospect Nussmeier Blogs About Delaying Commitment Decision, the NFL Draft and More
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 guys? I hope y'all had a great week.
On Saturday, I decided that I was going to wait to make my college decision until the time felt right.
The main reason that I chose to do this is because of the coronavirus, I was unable to finish my visits. I had made really good relationships with the coaches at the schools I wanted to finish my visits at. I'm interested in every school that I wanted to visit but was only able to get in the LSU and Baylor visit.
I had plans to visit Texas, Texas A&M and Miami.
The plan, I think, that the NCAA had announced was after May 31 to open it back up. So hopefully I can get out, back on the road, after then. Then I can finish up my visits and from there, kind of sit down and see where I'm at. Hopefully that will be possible.
I'm in a wait and see mode.
If things don't work out that way and I'm not able to get out on my visits, from the moment that I know that, I'll probably decide to try to make my decision based on pros and cons and what I've seen. Virtual videos and stuff like that. That could possibly affect me.
One of the reasons why I'm waiting until I can take visits is because when you're a recruit like me and you go through these things, you get to build different feels and emotions for each school you start to get recruited by. When you get to visit these schools, it's not necessarily a game or a big show like some people like to think.
It really is a very important decision on where you're gonna spend the next four years of your life. It's a hard decision to make, a really hard decision. I really appreciate all the support that I've received from everybody since delaying it (the commitment). I didn't receive a single hate comment or anything like that so I really appreciate that.
Over the last 24 hours I was texted by a lot of friends, a lot of people that are really close to me. Some of my coaches were getting calls about what I was gonna do. I hope I didn't leave anybody in the dark, necessarily. But I told them I was thinking about it and when I made the decision, finally, I felt it was the right thing to do.
I think it's important that I keep going through this and make sure the school I pick is the one that feels the most like home to me. The one I'm going to be comfortable going to school for the next four years, comfortable competing every day, spending time with my teammates and going through normal life as a student as well as in the classroom.
The college coaches and I had an understanding that I wasn't ready to pull the trigger just yet. They knew and they weren't really surprised when I Tweeted that out. I had a few other schools reach out to me after I Tweeted that, but I really won't get into that.
I think as far as how it affects the coaches, they're all still good with my timeline. They'll be there for me whenever I'm ready to make the decision and I'm truly thankful for the schools that have continued to recruit me through this entire thing. They know it's important that the kid is 100% invested in where he wants to be and that he makes a highly-informed decision.
You know that I know that once I make this decision, I'm pretty stuck. It will be a long, thought-out scenario and I'll understand every aspect of my decision. Hopefully that will help.
I think the main guideline that I'm following, now that I've decided to delay my decision, is to make sure I have it done before my senior year. I want to be 100% focused on my senior year, my last ride at Marcus High School.
I'm really excited for the year, we've got a lot of weapons coming back. Especially our receiver, J.Michael Sturdivant. He's a top guy who has a lot of offers, too. We're pretty good friends and I'm really excited to play my senior year with him and throw him a lot of touchdowns.
I'm really excited about the draft. Draft week is always exciting and it's kind of different now. My dad (Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier) is really grinding away. I know all the coaches are. He's upstairs and pretty much there all day. I know he's working and it's kind of a hectic week.
It's kind of surreal for me, seeing my dad work behind the scenes. I get to see what coaches will be doing, hopefully, one day in trying to pick me. I don't get to see exactly what he does but I see how much work he puts in and how long he's working up there. That's really exciting to me.
I love watching the draft.
I guess you could say it was a little more fun watching when my dad was in college, trying to see which one of his players will get drafted first and getting to follow them into the NFL is cool. It's also cool with him being in the pros now and seeing which college player the team is gonna pick.
I love draft week because I see myself there one day. It's really the main goal.
I appreciate all the support from delaying my decision and I appreciate y'all logging on each week to read.
I'll see y'all next week!