National Signing Day was a big day for Ohio State and the finalization of their class of 2018. Urban Meyer and company now shift their attention to the class of 2019 before spring practices begin. Grant Gunnell, a four-star quarterback currently attending St. Pius X in Houston, Texas, recently cancelled his plans to attend Texas A&M and re-opened his recruitment.. In a tweet, he expressed that A&M is still high in the running to get him, however, he wants to explore his options. Gunnell decomitted on Feb. 13 and was offered by the Buckeyes on that same day.
Gunnell’s high school career to this point
Grant Gunnell has participated in 34 games so far in his high school career. He has had a major impact on St. Pius’ success since he was a Freshman. He has seen his completion percentage increase every season as well as his passing attempts. Gunnell completed almost 66 percent of his passes in his Freshman season then in his Sophomore season, he completed 70 percent of his passes. Onto Junior year, he completed 71 percent. He has shown the ability to adjust, as in his Freshman year he only threw the ball 149 times and in the following season they took the training wheels off and he attempted 387 passes. Junior year he threw the ball 507 times and his completion percentage keeps improving. That is something that is very intriguing to the many colleges who have offered him. Also, something that I look at right after I look at completion percentage is interceptions. He has thrown 21 in high school, but 11 of them came in his Sophomore year. He decreased the amount of interceptions he threw from 11 Sophomore years to 6 in his Junior year. It will be interesting to see what he does in his senior year.
Evaluation of potential
Grant Gunnell, obviously, has some pretty high potential since he is a four-star who is being highly recruited by a number of power five schools. However, I think he could become one of the next big-name quarterbacks that people talk about a lot during his college career. His size is what intrigues me the most. 6-foot-6 and 212 pounds with a nice arm is all you really need to work with to be successful in college. Look at what Ohio State did with Cardale Jones a few years ago. I don’t think Gunnell and Jones are the same player, but their size is what made them intriguing quarterbacks. Gunnell will not be easy to bring down not just because of his size, but because he moves around well and can get outside the pocket if the pocket collapses. He doesn’t fit the mold of an Ohio State quarterback in the Urban Meyer era, though. When you think about quarterbacks who fit the Urban Meyer mold, there are guys like Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, and the up and coming Tate Martell.
My belief is that Grant Gunnell will not be signing with the Buckeyes because I am not sure that he would want to join a team that prioritizes the dual-threat quarterback. But the aggression by Ohio State to offer him the day he decommitted from Texas A&M is interesting and makes me think Urban Meyer might be looking to alter his offensive scheme a little bit if he adds a talent like Gunnell. Wherever Grant Gunnell ends up, he will be a big addition for that team. A team I see making a huge push for Gunnell will be the LSU Tigers. LSU hasn’t had a star caliber quarterback since Jamarcus Russell and Ed Orgeron will continue to push hard to get recruits to prove he is right for the job. Gunnell just recently visited LSU as well. Despite my belief that Gunnell will not end up in Columbus, he is someone to watch as the Buckeyes showed some serious interest in him when they offered him.