- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
When quarterback Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral) made his verbal commitment to LSU back in May, it didn't signal the end of his recruitment, as the country's No. 210 player continued to hear from a variety of programs. Having shown he is fully recovered from a knee injury that cut short his junior season, programs are turning up the heat even more in their pursuit of Rettig. But the 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback said he is quite comfortable with his decision.
"I'm sticking there unless something happens with the coaching staff," Rettig said of LSU. "I want to go there. They were the ones most interested in me and the ones that needed me most. I want to go there and I'll be there for my official visit when they play Alabama."
Rettig said UCLA and West Virginia are two schools still mounting a charge, but he added that he has no regrets about making an early decision or where he is headed next season.
"I love that school and that's where I want to go," Rettig said again.
One thing Rettig might want to take back is his team's performance in its most recent outing. The Phantoms entered the game undefeated, but couldn't get much of anything going in a 42-3 defeat at the hands of Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Rettig did his best to shake off the tough loss as well as some bumps and bruises sustained during the game on Friday night.
"We didn't execute at all," Rettig said. "We got into the red zone a couple times and didn't get it done. We made mistakes all over. We'll watch film tomorrow and get over it."