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St. Stanislaus QB Myles Brennan ‘reopening’ recruitment

Myles Brennan breaks state record for passing yards

Myles Brennan broke the state record for passing yards, previously held by Dylan Favre, on Friday, September 16, 2016, against D'Iberville. Brennan needed 125 yards on Friday to surpass 12,559. Brennan threw for 366 yards and five touchdowns on 28
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Myles Brennan broke the state record for passing yards, previously held by Dylan Favre, on Friday, September 16, 2016, against D'Iberville. Brennan needed 125 yards on Friday to surpass 12,559. Brennan threw for 366 yards and five touchdowns on 28

Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus quarterback and one-time LSU commit, announced Wednesday he has decided to reopen his recruitment.

“Let me start by saying thank you to all the fans of the LSU Tigers,” Brennan tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “You have been unbelievably supportive of me and my family since the day I committed to LSU. I love the people of Louisiana and what that football team means to everyone that is a fan. I also want to personally thank Coach Les Miles and Coach Cam Cameron for believing in my abilities as a QB and offering me a scholarship to play at LSU; it’s truly one of the most special places in the world.

“It is however become very apparent to me that LSU is going through a transition and as a result I have decided to re-open my recruiting.”

Brennan’s father, Owen, later said his son did not “decommit” from LSU, but instead is now open to other opportunities.

“Myles has not decommitted,” the elder Brennan said. “I've talked to Coach Orgeron three times today and have assured him of that. (Myles) 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.”

Owen Brennan reiterated that “out of respect” for LSU, his son did not talk with or visit other schools during the last four months.

Myles Brennan committed April 23 to LSU after a visit to Baton Rouge. He said he completely bought into coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s vision.

Even when the two LSU coaches were fired midseason, the 6-foot-3 Elite 11 QB and Under Armour All-American said all the right things for the Tiger faithful and remained committed. He even expressed excitement Saturday when Ed Orgeron was announced as LSU’s full-time coach.

However, the prolific Mississippi passer opted Wednesday to explore other options following news Tuesday that LSU had offered Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa. Many online connected the move to Orgeron’s reported interest in bringing in Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to run the Tigers’ offense.

Shortly after tweeting “wow.. This is interesting” above a screen shot of a Tagovailoa recruiting article, Brennan picked up an offer from Oklahoma State.

The offer wasn’t completely surprising, as he had visited Stillwater, Oklahoma, in early April. Before the Cowboys could offer, however, LSU did and he pounced on the opportunity.

On the offensive

Brennan’s decision may have been more preemptive than anything else.

During Orgeron’s introductory press conference, he expressed an intention to bring in dual-threat quarterbacks. LSU’s other 2017 QB commit, Lowell Narcisse, is considered more of a dual threat QB than Brennan and reportedly had an in-home visit with three LSU assistants Tuesday night.

As of right now, Brennan holds 18 offers — Memphis, Southern Miss, Troy, South Alabama, California, Kentucky, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas State, Louisiana–Lafayette, Texas–San Antonio, Vanderbilt, LSU, Ole Miss and the Cowboys. It’s clear the LSU commitment was like kryptonite to other schools. Though Brennan reeled in offer after offer during the spring, Ole Miss and OSU are the QB’s only offers since April despite a strong senior campaign and numerous awards.

Prep outlook

Brennan finishes his prep career as one of the top passers in the country. Not only did he set Mississippi records with more than 15,000 yards and 166 touchdowns in his career, but he also earned a long list of honors. He was recently named Class 4A’s Mr. Football. He made the Elite 11 finals this summer and was invited to play in both the Under Armour All-America Game and the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic.

247Sports’ composite ranking has him as the 10th pro-style quarterback in the country, No. 197 overall recruit and the fourth-best Mississippian in the 2017 class.

Not alone

Brennan is the second SSC standout to reopen his recruitment recently. Tight end Chase Rogers decommitted from Tennessee on April 13 and has been looking for the next match. He holds offers from 14 schools, including Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Cal and Wake Forest. Texas and LSU also have shown interest recently in Brennan’s go-to target.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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