Auburn landed a cornerstone commitment on Wednesday when 4-star quarterback Bo Nix joined the Class of 2019.
The Pinson Valley (Ala.) signal caller chose Auburn over Ohio State and Clemson via another iconic AL.com commitment video. Nix’s commitment moved the Tigers up 22 spots in the 247Sports composite team rankings — to No. 17.
Here are five things you should know about Auburn’s newest commit:
1. Bo Nix is a quarterback legacy.
Much like with Shedrick Jackson, Bo Nix will always be linked to a family member who played for Auburn. We’ll try to keep that to a minimum going forward, but it’s a nice starting point here.
Nix’s father, Patrick Nix, played quarterback for the Tigers from 1992-95. The elder Nix passed for 4,957 yards and 31 touchdowns in his college career. He added 9 rushing touchdowns and was part of Auburn’s undefeated 1993 team.
Patrick Nix is now the coach at Pinson Valley High in Pinson, Ala., after spending a few years at Scottsboro High. The father-son tandem helped lead Pinson to a state championship in 2017.
Something else to be mindful of: Bo isn’t the last member of the Nix family to try his hand at quarterback. His younger brother will be next in line.
2. Bo Nix joins another in-state standout in Auburn’s 2019 class.
Nix wasn’t the first to join the class.
Hoover (Ala.) wide receiver George Pickens will be a nice target for Nix at Auburn. Pickens has been committed to Auburn since last spring. He joined his high school wide receiver teammate Shedrick Jackson, who committed within a few weeks of one another last summer.
The one-two combo of Nix and Pickens gets Auburn’s offensive recruiting off to a fast start for 2019.
Nix’s stats in 2017 (with midseason injury): 196-of-307 passing for 2,872 yards, 36 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing touchdowns.
Pickens’ stats in 2018: 47 catches, 754 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns, 18 returns, 289 return yards and 2 return touchdowns.
That’s a lethal combination to kick off the 2019 class.
3. Other schools were given a chance, but it was Auburn all the way.
Here’s how Bo’s father, Patrick, described to SEC Country the chance other schools had in recruiting Bo.
“A lot of them 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. If you do, I don’t know. But if you don’t, then you don’t have a chance because everyone else has.
“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. … The funny thing I’ve seen is it’s like he’s the only one out there that has any allegiance to any school. If people really think that, they’re out of their mind, and they probably miss out on the kids.”
In the end, however, Bo’s love for Auburn University took over.
It’s the program he always wanted to play for, the school he always wanted to attend. Patrick made a great fatherly move, though, and didn’t put any pressure on his son to follow in his footsteps.
It was Bo’s decision to make. In the end, the family legacy was too hard to pass up, given the offensive excellence the Tigers are moving toward under Gus Malzahn’s new contract and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
4. Bo Nix always wanted to build the class around him.
This was always the time Nix wanted to close down his recruitment.
“Probably between the seasons this year and next year,” he told SEC Country previously. “I want to have a good experience with the recruitment and have fun. I’m not going to push anything too soon. But it’s obviously extremely important to get in soon enough to build around me. I’m just trying to have a good relationship with guys in this class.”
Nix hinted at the Future 50 last week in Orlando, Fla., that his decision process was coming to an end.
He isn’t the first to joint the class — that distinction goes to Pickens — but he’s No. 2. It’s early enough in the recruiting process that Nix will be the face of the class for the rest of the cycle.
Nix can end up as the top-ranked prospect in the state for 2019, so this is a big momentum piece for the Tigers.
5. His state championship run was one for the ages.
Nix missed part of his junior season with an injury, but it didn’t keep him out of the 2017 state playoffs.
The ballad of Bo Nix began in the state quarterfinals when Pinson Valley faced off against Austin and Auburn running back signee Asa Martin. Martin put on his own show in the first half to give his team a big lead. It looked like that might be enough to eliminate Pinson Valley.
Here was Nix’s final stat line: 31-of-39 passing, 400 yards, 7 touchdowns.
The highlight of the game came in the final moment. After forcing overtime, Pinson Valley took the risk of going for a 2-point conversion on its first possession. Trailing 50-49, Nix easily completed a 2-point try to win the game 51-50 and advance to the state semifinals.
From there, Nix and Pinson Valley cruised to a state championship.