If LSU is unable to reel in an elite passer in its 2018 recruiting class, then expect the coaching staff to look for multiple quarterbacks in 2019.
Thus far, the Tigers have only offered a few. Pro-style quarterbacks such as JT Daniels and Grant Gunnell hold offers but are committed to Southern Cal and Texas A&M respectively. Dual-threats such as Bo Nix and Michael Johnson Jr. are among the top-rated prospects at their position and should garner attention from LSU over the next calendar year.
LSU will also keep tabs on some in-state and nearby quarterbacks in the area. That includes Warren Easton (La.) dual-threat Lance LeGendre, who SEC Country covered earlier this week. LeGendre may be the odds-on favorite to procure an offer from the Tigers following his junior season.
If LSU is to take multiple quarterbacks in 2019, then another option to know Peyton Matocha. The 6-foot-3.5, 184-pound dual-threat from nearby Houston has great film. Matocha, currently unranked, camped at Texas and Ole Miss this past summer and performed well at both events.
In evaluating the film, Matocha’s potential at the position sticks out. He has all of the physical tools — arm strength, accuracy and ability to elude defenders. His footwork is impressive at this stage in his development. So is his ability to throw on the move.
The legitimate questions surrounding him is how will those physical tools translate to a breakout junior campaign.
In deciphering whether Matocha will break through and land some Power 5 offers — and interest from LSU — he’ll have to show that he can better read defenses. Much of the plays that St. Thomas (Texas) High School runs are one-read looks. Matocha flashes his potential in that system and can build off that by showing his ability to turn to his second and third looks this fall.
The word “potential” is thrown out quite often when asked about Matocha to sources in the Lone Star State. The question is whether the physically gifted sleeper from Houston can take his game to the next level over the next five months.