On Saturday, former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced he would transfer to Auburn. He was one of the top available quarterbacks and could play a huge role for the Tigers next season.
Of course, part of the reason the former 5-star quarterback left Baylor was because his then-coach, Art Briles, was fired after a sexual assault investigation at the school. Stidham announced he was transferring from the school in July.
In speaking with Taylor Hamm of 247Sports, Stidham said Briles’ relationship with Gus Malzahn was a major factor in attracting Stidham to Auburn.
“I think, initially, I kind of thought about (the Tigers), and one of the reasons was because coach Briles and coach Malzahn had a good relationship. So, I knew he trusted coach Malzahn,” Stidham said.
Stidham said the three schools that were recruiting him were the Tigers, Texas A&M and Florida. A&M eventually stopped communicating with Stidham, and that opened the door for Auburn and to a lesser extent Florida.
The Tigers went 8-4 this season, but quarterback Sean White struggled with injuries. Early in the season, Malzahn rotated between quarterbacks, and the Tigers started 1-2.
Stidham played in three games his freshman year at Baylor before he broke his right ankle. He has three seasons of potential eligibility, but he also could declare for the NFL draft after one season at Auburn.
The Tigers take on Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. The Tigers learned they also will get back running back Kamryn Pettway, who announced he would return to Auburn next season.