Once seemingly destined for College Station, St. Pius X senior quarterback Grant Gunnell backed off that track earlier this year, and now appears headed for the Grand Canyon State.
According to a June 6 tweet from Gunnell’s Twitter account, the heralded senior leader has given a verbal commitment to the University of Arizona. Gunnell had given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M prior to last season, but de-committed this past February in the wake of Kevin Sumlin’s firing. Sumlin was later hired by the Wildcats.
Following a breakout sophomore campaign in 2016, Gunnell began fielding offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Michigan and more —nearly 40 Division 1 offers in total for the young man rated by Rivals as the 7th-best national pro-style QB recruit (and top Texas pro-style QB recruit) in the Class of 2019.
Rivals also currently grades Gunnell as the 20th-best recruit – and best quarterback recruit – in their most recent Texas Top 100 rankings.
“Seeing [Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher] growing up and hearing all the stories about them, it makes me proud [of the work I’ve put in] and it’s extremely humbling,” he told The Leader in an interview last September about the plethora of callers at his doorstep.
Over three seasons at St. Pius X, the star signal-caller has led one of TAPPS’ most potent offensive units, completing 70 percent of his passes and accounting more than 12,000 total yards (11,356 passing and 1,088 rushing) and 162 total touchdowns (142 passing, 20 rushing) against just 21 interceptions. In 29 starts at the helm, Gunnell has helped St. Pius X to a 25-4 record along with three consecutive TAPPS semifinals, falling just shy of an elusive state title last season against Prestonwood Christian in a 42-41 heartbreaker.
For now it appears to be finished; but paths to recruitment can change in the blink of an eye. And as such, it should be an interesting few months, with all eyes to be on Gunnell throughout his senior season leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 6, 2019.