It was pretty apparent Tuesday night that things were about to change.
Immediately after news broke that LSU had offered Alabama QB commit Tua Tagovailoa, St. Stanislaus QB and Tigers commit Myles Brennan responded on Twitter like one would expect.
Brennan expected the Tigers to take two QBs in the 2017 class. Shortly after he committed to LSU on April 23, the former staff took another pledge from dual-threat QB Lowell Narcisse. That was fine. Brennan expected it, was warned in advance and welcomed the competition.
Tuesday’s development from Ed Orgeron and LSU’s new coaching staff came out of left field, however, which partly prompted the QB’s announcement Wednesday morning.
“We were all kind of taken aback,” SSC coach Bill Conides told the Sun Herald on Wednesday.
It was also interesting that LSU had three coaches visit Narcisse on Tuesday night for an in-home, but have yet to set a definitive date to see the Brennans despite the QB’s vocal support of Orgeron as the Tigers’ new coach. Couple that with Orgeron’s dual-threat QB comments at his introductory press conference Saturday and the writing seemed to be on the wall.
So what’s next? Shortly after Tagovailoa pulled in an LSU offer, Brennan landed a new one of his own, from long-time suitor Oklahoma State. Conides said don’t expect Brennan to make another commitment, however. With the Mr. Football banquet in Starkville on Thursday, the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game in Montgomery next week and then the Under-Armour All-American Game in Orlando on Jan. 1, Part II of Brennan’s recruitment may take a while to play out.
“I think that’s how it should be,” Conides said. “He didn't make this move and automatically commit to someone else. Let’s sit back and see what will be the best four-year fit for Myles Brennan.”
With all the football-related events going on, plus exams and the Christmas break, Conides didn’t expect Brennan to take any official visits until January.
Conides said Brennan isn’t ruling out a return to LSU, but they’re going to wait and see how the coaching carousel plays out.
“It’s a transition. With any transition comes a level of uncertainty. That was the biggest thing,” he said. “We don’t know who the next OC or offensive system will be. We don’t know that. With that, let’s be proactive and see what else is out there.”
With the Brennans having relocated after Hurricane Katrina and experienced other tragedies, Conides said he reminded his QB that this isn’t the worst thing.
“This is just a bump in the road for Myles,” Conides said. “A growing experience.”
Still a chance
Following his son’s announcement, Owen Brennan tried to clarify the situation.
“Myles has not decommitted,” Owen told the Sun Herald. “I've talked to Coach Orgeron three times today and have assured him of that. He is opening up options so he at least has a backup plan during this time of transition. LSU is doing the same thing and hedging their bets.”
During their conversations Wednesday, Owen even said Orgeron called his son “their QB and the future of LSU.”
Owen said his son isn’t “jumping ship” from the Tigers, which makes Myles’ stance a bit murky to some.
“He hasn’t wavered in four months,” Owen said, adding that Myles has politely declined calls from Ole Miss’ coaching staff for months. “Coach (Dan) Werner and Coach (Hugh) Freeze call him three times a week. He basically said out of respect (for LSU) he’s not talking to anyone. He has not talked to anyone in four months.
“He has not played the recruiting game since May. You could not have been more solid than that.”
Owen said LSU has tried to schedule a visit for Thursday to see Myles, but the QB will be in Starkville to accept his Mr. Football honor and will likely stick around for some of the weekend’s state championship games.
“This weekend is shot (for a visit),” Owen said. “They’re doing everything they can to meet with us.
“... if everything works out perfect in the end, he’ll be an LSU Tiger.”
The race to February
The bottom line is college football — and in turn, recruiting — is big business and both sides are trying to protect themselves. With LSU’s OC position still up in the air with no finality imminent, Owen said the Tigers’ offer to Tua was much like Myles’ recent decision: a backup plan.
With Brennan at least accepting calls now, expect plenty more programs to step up in the coming weeks in an attempt to woo Mississippi’s record setter and Elite 11 quarterback.
One thing is clear: Until Brennan signs on the dotted line in February, anything is possible.