Four schools remain in contention for 2023 QB Dylan Lonergan of Snellville, GA, and three of them will get official visits from him and his family before he makes his decision later this summer. Lonergan will visit Alabama this weekend followed by USC on June 10th and Stanford June 24th. Ohio State also remains in the hunt.
Alabama already has a 2023 quarterback committed in Eli Holstein, but Lonergan’s father said Wednesday night that will have no effect on how his son views the Crimson Tide.
“Doesn’t impact us at all,” Dan Lonergan said. “They were up front all along that they were going to take two quarterbacks. The quarterback room is light at the end of the day with (Bryce) Young being in his last year and basically a freshman and the other guys. It’s to be expected, whether it’s competing with a guy in the same class, a class ahead or a class behind, you’re always going to have to compete.”
The Lonergans have made multiple visits to USC, and Dylan has been the top quarterback recruiting target in the class for Shane Beamer and Marcus Satterfield. Dan Lonergan said nothing has changed over the weeks and months of recruiting of his son by the Gamecocks.
“Coach Beamer, Coach Satterfield have been in continuous contact with Dylan, and they just have a real good relationship,” Lonergan said. “Looking forward to getting out there again for sure. We’ve been there a bunch of times, last was the spring game. We got to see baseball as well. We’ve been there enough to have a real good sense of the school and the program. We’ve got a real good sense of South Carolina and the platform it provides for Dylan for sure.”
Stanford will get the final crack at Lonergan via an official visit. Ohio State has been pressing for the family to come back to Columbus, but Dan Lonergan said they just could not work a trip into their June schedule.
“Just kind of ran out of dates in the month because we’ll be out of town almost three weeks in a row with officials and baseball tournaments,” Lonergan said. “We just can’t get it in, but we’ve been out there a couple of times over the last several months, most recently in January, so we’ve got a good feel for the program for sure.”
After the official visits are completed at the end of June, Dylan Lonergan will be tasked with making the final decision, something that should be done in July.
“Dylan’s plan right now is to make a decision sometime in early to mid-July,” his dad said. “That’s how it stands now unless he changes his mind. That’s kind of the expectation. Certainly, before the footballs season starts, just kind of putting it behind him and being able to focus on the upcoming season.”
Many national recruiting analysts are pegging Lonergan for USC. That might turn out to be the case, but Dan Lonergan said his son’s mind is far from made up as he goes into his official visits.
“I think he’s open,” Lonergan said. “He’s got a real good flavor for each program. I think he’s been very thoughtful and will continue to be. Each school offers something a little bit different to him. It’s just kind of down to the short strokes, but he continues to be open at this point.”
Lonergan also is a standout baseball player, and his plan is to play both sports in college. USC baseball coach Mark Kingston has been active in helping the Gamecocks recruit Lonergan.