Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with 4-star quarterback Bo Nix.
Bo Nix is one of Alabama’s top targets in the Class of 2019, but there’s a clear hurdle the Crimson Tide will have to jump over in order to land his commitment.
His father, Patrick, is a Tigers quarterback icon for leading Auburn to an undefeated season in 1993. Now that his son is a top recruit, it’s assumed that he will follow in his father’s footsteps and become an Auburn Tiger.
The Nixes are saying it’s not just a given that the 4-star quarterback from Pinson Valley High School commits to Auburn.
“A lot of [college coaches] are like, ‘Do we really have a chance?’ My thing is, if you don’t offer, I can assure you that you don’t have a chance,” Patrick Nix told SEC Country. “If you do, I don’t know. But if you don’t, then you don’t have a chance because everyone else has. I don’t know what’s going to be the final thing that makes him like this school over that.”
Nix’s situation sounds a lot like Hewitt-Trussville quarterback Paul Tyson’s recruitment. Tyson is the great-grandson of Bear Bryant. Tyson has picked up a few offers as of late, most notably from Kentucky. But the thought around Tyson’s recruitment is he’ll end up committing to Alabama if he’s extended an offer, because how can he not if he’s connected to Bryant?
Patrick Nix makes a good point about that. Bo can’t control what he grew up around in his household. Yes, the state of Alabama’s No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2019 grew up a Tigers fan, but that’s not going to be the reason why he would choose Auburn.
“Most kids in the state, if they’ve ever watched college football, are either Auburn or Alabama,” Patrick Nix said. “Every one of them you’re fighting a battle to flip them from Auburn to Alabama or Alabama to Auburn or Georgia to Georgia Tech or Florida to Miami. No matter where you’re go, you’re dealing with that kind of stuff. The funny thing I’ve seen is it’s like he’s the only one out there that has any allegiance to any school.
“Every kid is a fan of some school. Growing up, you hope that schools offer you. As you grow, you realize that you’re not making a decision as a fan. You’re making a decision as a player, and that’s completely different. Yeah, he’s been an Auburn fan his whole life, but that’s no different than a kid down the road that’s been an Alabama fan his whole life. He didn’t have a choice because that’s what grandaddy was and that’s what momma was, so he’s the same way.”
Bo has done his due diligence so far with his recruitment. He has not only taken visits to Auburn but also Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. He wants to see LSU and Oklahoma, too. So, he’s not just focused on Auburn.
Bo is also in no rush to make a commitment. He said it won’t happen for at least another year from now. That’s good news for Alabama because that’s a lot of time to chip away at the clear advantages Auburn possesses.
Patrick has been in similar situations to the college coaches recruiting his son. He was a college coach himself before becoming a high school head coach in Alabama. Most notably, Nix had stints at Georgia Tech where he was an assistant and Miami where he was the offensive coordinator for the Hurricanes.
“I recruited for about 18 years,” Nix said. “Pretty much every home I went into, especially when I was at Georgia Tech and Miami, when you walked into a house, most of those houses already had a team that they liked. That’s how it is in college football. If you’re in Georgia, a lot of them might be Georgia fans. If you’re in south Georgia, a lot of them might be Florida State. When I was at Miami, [it was] Florida State, Florida and Miami. When you go cross country to California, it might be a USC kid.”
When Patrick graduated from Auburn, he left as the school’s career leader in passing efficiency. Bo is on track to be pretty good himself.
At the Atlanta Opening regional camp, Bo was named the top quarterback in attendance, and that event had players such as 2018 Ohio State commit Emory Jones, Missouri commit James Foster, Texas A&M commit Cade Fortin and 2020 prodigy Harrison Bailey.
“As far as a player, he’s farther along than I was at this time,” Patrick said of his son. “I think most players are now than when I was coming out. Things have changed drastically over the course of time. Quite honestly, we try not to compare too much. His goal and my goal for him is to be the best him he can be. However good that is, let’s make sure to maximize that and not worry about being better than your dad; be better than your little brother.
“He’s said it a couple times. If he can be the best quarterback in the house when it’s all said and done, he’s going to be pretty good. I was fortunate enough to have had a good career. He’s had a pretty good career. And he’s going to be pushed by one coming up behind him that wants to do that. For us in our family, it’s a friendly and fun little competition to see who does what.”
- Alabama reaffirmed its offer with Auburn quarterback commit Joey Gatewood. Will he visit Tuscaloosa? Find out more here.
Major LB target Quay Walker talks all-SEC top 5, which school is coming after him the hardest. We’ll have much more on Walker next week.
Miss a previous edition? Find every post of SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings recruiting notebook right here.