Yet Gundy and offensive coordinator Todd Monken clearly saw potential in Lunt, enough to visit him in his home in Rochester, Ill. to convince him to enroll at OSU early and compete for the starting job in spring practice. And though fellow early enrollee quarterbacks like Notre Dame's Gunner Kiel, California's Zach Kline and Texas A&M's Matt Davis were ranked higher by recruiting services than Lunt, they are currently buried on their team's depth chart, not in serious consideration to be the No. 1 quarterback.
Is part of that based on the programs' situations? Absolutely. Is it also part ability and growth? Absolutely.
“The fairest way to put it is, for where he is at in his career, in his age, in his life, he's further along than what I thought he would have been at this point,” Gundy said. “I don't know any other way to say it. He's done really well out here of not being flustered, and that's part of it. He's got to learn things happen and don't get flustered.”