Hayden Rettig missed almost all of his junior season with a knee injury but the Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral quarterback has been throwing for many college coaches recently and he's been doing a phenomenal job.
Offers continued to pour in for the four-star quarterback and after LSU offered, Rettig said he wanted to make his decision. Playing in the SEC was definitely a big draw and the Tigers won out for his services.
"It's a great school and has great coaches," Rettig said in a text message Tuesday morning.
There were questions about Rettig's development after missing out last season but those questions have been answered in recent weeks.
Rettig has proven to be bigger, stronger and maybe even more determined to prove he's one of the best quarterbacks in the 2013 class.
Rettig, who threw for 508 yards and six touchdowns in his first game last season, was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meninscus in his right knee in the second game for Los Angeles Cathedral last season.
Even after the injury, Rivals.com rated Rettig as the fifth-best pro-style quarterback and No. 123 prospect in the 2013 class.
During a recent throwing session, Rettig showed off his strong right arm, zipping the ball all over the field with ease. He's much stronger and physically matured from his showing at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp last summer and his knee shows no weakness at all.
If anything, Retting seems more confident on the field and said he could even play this season without a knee brace. He moves well, has no problem dropping back or using his legs for power when he needs it.
The knee doesn't seem like an issue at all.
"It feels great," Rettig said in a recent interview. "Coming out and throwing with my receivers is always fun and I'm getting to show people that I'm coming back. Everyone knows hopefully who the big dog in L.A. will be next year."