When Myles Brennan made the short trip to Baton Rouge last weekend with his parents, Owen and Megan, and St. Stanislaus coach Bill Conides, he was hopeful but not expectant.
This trip went much differently.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had visited St. Stanislaus earlier in the week and came away so impressed he wasted no time setting up an "all-about-you day" for Brennan and his family on LSU's campus.
On the drive over, Brennan tried to stay on an even keel.
"I didn't want to get my hopes up. This recruiting process, as I have learned, can be tricky, stressful and overwhelming," he said.
"I didn't want to get my hopes up and maybe not get offered and then go home disappointed."
Once in Baton Rouge, the Brennans spent some time breaking down Myles' film with Cameron before joining head coach Les Miles in his office.
On the gridiron, Brennan has always been alert and aware of what was coming at him. In Miles' office, he let his guard down and was blindsided -- but in a good way, if that makes sense.
About 20 minutes into the 2 1/2-hour conversation, Miles cut the chit-chat and got down to business.
After raving about what Brennan had already accomplished at SSC -- the video game passing numbers, his poise in the pocket and accuracy -- Miles offered the 6-foot-4, 180-pound quarterback.
"At that point I'm sitting there and right when he said that I wanted to get up and give him a hug. That was a pretty big moment," Brennan said. "We talked for about two hours after that and the whole time I'm sitting there thinking, 'did that really just happen?'
"At that point I knew I wanted to commit. I just didn't know how to go about it."
Brennan debated waiting until he got home, talking about the offer more in depth with his family and then making a decision. Usually very meticulous and deliberate, the rising senior instead acted instinctively.
When it got to the point where the two sides said their goodbyes, Brennan acted.
"I just said, 'Coach, I want to go ahead and shake your hand and tell you I'm going to go ahead and commit,'" he said. "At that time, he just started screaming and tears started coming out of his eyes. He gave me a big ol' hug. My parents started tearing up and crying because they didn't know it was coming.
"No one knew it was happening. It just came out. It just felt like it was time."
How's the fit?
Prior to committing, Brennan had a couple of questions for Miles like most outsiders have probably wondered since hearing about the fit.
How does a QB who has thrown for more than 11,000 yards and 117 touchdowns in two seasons mesh with a program that loves to pound the rock?
"When you look at our stats they're completely different to y'all's," Brennan told Miles. "He said, 'we haven't changed our offense since (Zach) Mettenberger was here, and he's in the NFL. Matt Flynn was here and he's in the NFL. Odell Beckham was here, he's in the NFL. We haven't changed our offense one bit. Everybody thinks we run the ball, but honestly it's because we don't have a quarterback who can do what you do. When we have a Heisman finalist in the backfield and don't have a Heisman finalist at quarterback, well yeah, we're going to hand the ball off to that kid and let him make the plays.'"
And then there's the question about how many quarterbacks the Tigers are looking to sign. LSU currently has juniors Brandon Harris and Danny Etling leading the offense and signed Lindsey Scott Jr. this year and Justin McMillan last year. Multiple reports have linked the Tigers to St. James (La.) quarterback Lowell Narcisse, a former Auburn commit.
Miles told Brennan they hope to sign either a second '17 QB, a 2018 QB or to bring in a transfer to bolster their long-term depth.
"It's not like he said 'we're taking two so get prepared,'" Brennan said. "It was more like, 'we have to do what we have to do to have enough depth on our roster, but at the same time we're fired up to have you.'"
So, would it bother Brennan if Narcisse, ranked by Rivals.com as the seventh QB in the class, signed with LSU, too?
"I welcome it every bit. I love competition," he said. "I'm not afraid of anything or anyone. They can bring in the best quarterback out there and I'll compete with him every day to earn my spot."
Shutting it down
Brennan already held offers from Memphis, Southern Miss, South Alabama, Cal, Kentucky, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and seven others, with more offers possibly on the way. Even with all the interest, Brennan is over recruiting.
"I'm done," he said. "Once I committed, I looked Coach Miles in the eyes. They had Felipe Franks decommit last year so it's a little nerve racking from their standpoint I guess, but I looked him in the eyes and said that's it. Once I commit, I'm not the one who is going to go out and take all five officials and go do everything and visit all these other places. That's just not right on my part.
"I'm committed to LSU and from here on out every visit I'm going to take is going to be to LSU."
Patrick Ochs, a Sun Herald sports reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or followed on Twitter at PatrickOchs.