The transformation of Joe Burrow into an all-conquering QB in 2019 is paying dividends on the recruiting trial for head coach Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers.
By Steve Wright
Being a pro style QB and seeing Burrow tear up the SEC before being taken No. 1 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft had to have been at least a partial factor for the Tigers’ latest commit, Garrett Nussmeier, a 4-star passer out of Flower Mound (Tex.).
Nussmeier committed to LSU over schools such as Texas, Baylor and North Carolina. He is the No. 103 overall prospect in the country and the No. 7 ranked pro-style QB per the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound Nussmeier is a player who will be expected to play at over 200 pounds with college conditioning and he will have an easier step up to the SEC than some as he has been playing at the daunting 6A high school level in Texas.
This video of his junior season shows that LSU will be getting out of their latest commitment. Nussmeier led his team to an 11-2 record while passing for almost 3,800 yards at a 67% completion rate. He also tossed for 38 touchdowns on the season.
The very first play is an excellent indicator of Nussmeier’s arm strength when given time in the pocket as he wings a ball over 50 yards through the air to hit his wide receiver in stride. One thing scouts love about Nussmeier is his footwork as he always seems to be stepping into his passes with the mechanics that college coaches want to teach. He is also very adept at making the first rusher miss before resetting his feet and his balance and delivering an accurate throw under pressure. The video also shows that Nussmeier is just as adept at throwing passes to a wide receiver in a tight window over the middle as he is to see a teammate streaking behind the defense to hit for a big touchdown.