The face of Auburn’s 2019 class is confirmed.
In-state quarterback Bo Nix — the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix — made quick work through the final steps of his recruiting process. The 4-star quarterback from Pinson Valley, Ala., narrowed it down to a top three of Auburn, Ohio State and Clemson recently. It didn’t take long for Nix to reduce that from three to one.
On Wednesday, Nix committed via an AL.com commitment video to Auburn to extend the family legacy on the Plains.
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“I’m an Auburn fan. I like when they win because my whole family are Auburn people. That’s how I was born and raised,” Nix told SEC Country last year. “It might play a little bit in the decision because I grew up being an Auburn fan. But, at the end of the day, it’s all going to come down to my decision of where I want to go. [My dad] has nothing really to do with it. He just wants me to go and be comfortable wherever I want to go.”
Luckily for Auburn fans, Nix wanted to be exactly where his dad was.
Nix’s father, Patrick, quarterbacked Auburn from 1992-1995. As the elder Nix always said, his son wasn’t going to make his choice based on his father’s legacy. In fact, the message Patrick always had for other schools chasing Bo was this.
“A lot of them are like, ‘Do we really have a chance?” Patrick said last summer. “My thing is, if you don’t offer, I can assure you that you don’t have a chance. If you do, I don’t know. But if you don’t, then you don’t have a chance because everyone else has.”
In the end, Bo didn’t need to wait and see what other programs had to offer.
The 4-star dual-threat quarterback visited Auburn a handful of times during the 2017 season. Meanwhile, other programs weren’t securing the visits from the Nix family. While it felt like Nix knew where he wanted to be, he still felt he needed to see some things from the Tigers.
He got all of that and more in 2017.
Auburn showed a more balanced offensive attack than any year in recent history. Gus Malzahn signed a 7-year contact to lock leadership in through the years Nix would be in college. Plus, Nix’s relationship with new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey was too hard to pass up.
“The offense is improved from the past couple years. Overall, he’s a very solid coach. He does a great job with quarterbacks,” Nix said. “I knew him prior to being at Auburn as an offensive coordinator. I knew him when he was at Southern Miss and then here, obviously, he took over as a recruiter.”
Nix’s commitment is the second in the 2019 class, joining wide receiver George Pickens. That makes for a one-two punch in the Class of 2019.
Nix always suggested he’d commit in between season to allow a class to build around him. He’s the No. 57-ranked prospect in the nation and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback. Auburn moves up 22 spots to No. 17 in the recruiting team rankings for the 2019 class.