Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. These notebooks will now publish in the evening Sunday through Thursday. It’s the last Friday notebook, and SEC Country looks ahead to Auburn’s down-the-line quarterback recruiting.
Auburn offers 2020 quarterback
I’ve spent this week writing offensive positional analysis pieces for the 2019 recruiting class.
The first installment Monday centered around the quarterback position, which luckily for Auburn, is figured out in 2019 with Bo Nix. In the post, I hinted that the Tigers wouldn’t need to take another 2019 quarterback unless coaches felt Jarrett Stidham was leaving for the NFL and that one of the three quarterbacks remaining — Malik Willis, Joey Gatewood or Nix — would be in danger of leaving after a competition heading into the 2019 season.
It remains early in the 2019 cycle, so it’s possible the Tigers monitor other quarterbacks in this class. So far, Auburn has only offered one quarterback, and that’s Nix. It would be somewhat of a surprise to even see another quarterback offered in this class.
It gives Auburn a head start in 2020 quarterback recruiting.
The Tigers already had four quarterback offers out to Harrison Bailey, Max Johnson, Drew Pyne and TJ Finley — four of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the class. Auburn took it a step further Thursday by offering the only quarterback in the class ranked higher than Bailey.
Auburn offered 4-star quarterback Jack Miller from Scottsdale, Ariz. Miller is the No. 1 overall quarterback in the 2020 class and the No. 46 overall prospect, according to 247Sports. He already held offers from Ohio State, UCLA, Florida State, LSU, Louisville and Texas A&M, so the Tigers aren’t the first to get in on the Miller sweepstakes. They will be afforded the luxury of getting ahead on 2020 quarterback recruiting because of its stable 2019 situation.
Miller is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. As a sophomore, he was 107-of-201 passing for 1,735 yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 games. He added 85 rushing attempts for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns. Miller only threw 6 interceptions as an underclassman, helping his team to a 7-5 record.
Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has spent time at Arizona State, so the Tigers will hope his in-state connections help with the Miller recruitment.
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