QB Bryce Underwood, top player in 2025 class, chooses LSU

League: NCAA Football

Posted on: 07 Jan, 2024 at 01:14 AM

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Coveted five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood, the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2025 class, verbally committed to LSU on Saturday.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Underwood chose LSU over Alabama and Michigan while making the announcement in the Belleville High (Mich.) cafeteria. He also strongly considered Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

"Great coaching staff, amazing coaching staff, amazing atmosphere," Underwood told 247Sports, referring to LSU. "The program itself is very historical. A lot of great players went in and out of Louisiana State University. The food is amazing. It's a lot of real people out there. A lot of people from Michigan. A lot of things we can relate to."

Underwood has won two state titles at Belleville but fell short of a third consecutive crown this season as a junior. The loss ended the school's 38-game winning streak.

Underwood threw for 3,165 yards, 40 touchdowns and two interceptions while adding seven rushing scores in 2023 and being named the Michigan state player of the year.

One thing that helped LSU's recruiting pitch was Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels winning the Heisman Trophy this season. Another key for Underwood was finding a school that can help him with his NFL aspirations.

In that case, Joe Burrow fits the ball as the Heisman winner in 2019 for LSU and now a star quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

"The development for me as a quarterback to prepare myself for the NFL is what mattered for me," Underwood said. "Also, having a relatable offense that I'm getting into is a big thing as well."

--Field Level Media