AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham would have been a dream signing for plenty of teams around the country last fall. So why did he pick the Tigers?
Stidham gave insight into that decision Wednesday morning on the midnight CT edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter. In an interview with Neil Everett, Stidham said his first reason for coming to the Plains wasn’t football related.
“Auburn’s a great place,” Stidham said. “Not even speaking football, I wanted to surround myself with a lot of good people all throughout the community here in Auburn.”
Stidham’s football reasons for coming to Auburn centered on coach Gus Malzahn. The Tigers recruited Stidham in high school before he decided to sign with Baylor.
When Malzahn reached out to Stidham after he decided to leave Baylor and sit out a year at McLennan Community College (Waco, Texas), the quarterback was intrigued.
“Coach Malzahn has had so much success as long as he’s been here, back in 2010 with Cam Newton and those guys and then, obviously, back in ’13 when they went to the BCS title game,” Stidham said. “He’s had a lot of success. I was just really blessed to get an offer from them and then come here and compete for the job and get this thing rolling.”
Stidham’s interview with Everett came one day after Malzahn announced he would be the Tigers’ starting quarterback this fall.
“I’m feeling great,” Stidham said. “Obviously, it’s a big, humbling experience for me. It’s a very big opportunity for me. I’m really, really excited and really thrilled to be in this position.”