Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we talk with Auburn target Gerry Bohanon, who could add another interesting quarterback element to the mix. Also, it was a busy weekend for Auburn recruiting.
New dual-threat quarterback visits
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn has emerged as a key player for 4-star prospect Gerry Bohanon.
Bohanon made a multi-day visit to the Plains over the weekend, which was his third time on campus in the last three years. The other two visits were for camps, so the early Saturday-to-Sunday visit allowed Bohanon to receive the full Auburn experience.
It included a scrimmage and talks with coaches.
Related to Bohanon, the immediate question is: What position does Auburn see him playing? Bohanon’s answer is clear:
“They want me to come and play quarterback because I can run the style of offense they run because I can throw, sit back in the pocket. And also, I can make a play happen if the play breaks down,” Bohanon said. “They allow the quarterbacks to make a lot of decisions on their own. They let them sit back there and throw it and they also put in some zone reads for me to be able to take off and run the ball and make a decision to put the team in the best situation possible.”
At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Bohanon looks the part of a college quarterback. He also has a skill set to do more than that. Despite the continued evaluation, Bohanon said all but one school — his home state of Arkansas — is recruiting him as a quarterback. The Razorbacks have been “indecisive,” he said, and haven’t finalized what position they’d want him to play.
According to Bohanon, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Memphis are also schools who want him as a quarterback. It’s Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and LSU that are recruiting Bohanon the hardest, he said.
Bohanon’s addition to the quarterback fold is an intriguing one. Joey Gatewood is the prized possession of Auburn’s 2018 class so far. Bohanon knows what it would mean to join this Auburn class at the position.
That competition is part of the allure.
“They’re saying they’re taking two. I know they’ve got Joey Gatewood committed. … I don’t know him, but I know of him,” Bohanon said. “It really don’t matter. The best one is going to win the job. I just want to compete. I want my opportunity to play.”
Gatewood is listed as an athlete on the 247Sports composite rankings. Bohanon is the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback.
Bohanon doesn’t have an official list of top schools yet, but the Tigers are there. They have recruited him harder than most others and the most recent visit helped do the trick.
“I love it. Auburn is nice. It’s a small city, somewhere like where I’m from. It’s very family-oriented here. I just love the campus,” Bohanon said. “I’ll be back.”
Bohanon will visit Tennessee this upcoming weekend. He also will travel to LSU later this month.
Those are his only planned visits in the near future.
Recap of weekend visitors
Auburn treated its most recent recruiting weekend as if it were a junior day. One week prior to the A-Day spring game, the Tigers hosted a crop of impressive, young talent for the program’s second private scrimmage.
There were so many top prospects on campus from Thursday to Sunday that SEC Country — along with attending an Under Armour camp in Atlanta — wasn’t able to snag interviews with everyone.
Here are some of the top prospects who visited over the weekend:
- 4-star QB Gerry Bohanon
- 4-star OLB Zakoby McClain
- 3-star DE Andres Fox
- 2019 TE Ryland Goede
- 4-star TE Tyneil Hopper
- 2019 WR Dominick Blaylock
- 4-star OL Richard Gouraige
- 4-star WR Justyn Ross
- FSU grad transfer Wilson Bell
- 4-star CB Christian Tutt
- 2019 DB Jalen Alexander
Keep in mind this wasn’t a pre-planned junior day, so to speak. It just turned into a star-studded visitors list. That shows some momentum Auburn is beginning to pick up on the recruiting trail. The Tigers are setting up for a strong class, as long as they can set a solid base this summer and add to it with success in the fall.
Much of that momentum will begin next Saturday for A-Day. Stay tuned for a full A-Day recruiting preview later in the week.
Alabama takeover of Atlanta camp
The emcee at the Under Armour All-America camp in Atlanta on Sunday shouted a familiar phrase throughout the camp: “Georgia boys!”
It wasn’t the Peach State products who had the final say during the post-camp ceremonies, however. The state of Alabama had a strong presence in both the Future 50 invitations, the Under Armour All-America Game invitations and the camp awards.
All three Future 50 invitees are from Alabama. Auburn is heavily in the mix for all three 2019 prospects: quarterback Bo Nix, offensive lineman Clay Webb and offensive lineman Pierce Quick. Nix, the son of Auburn great Patrick Nix, will consider Auburn throughout his process but is taking his time. Webb went to high school with KJ Britt and will end up at either in-state school. Quick goes to Hewitt-Trussville and has teammate/signee Noah Igbinoghene in his ear.
There was a Big Man Challenge, which measured strength and agility by offensive and defensive linemen at the camp. Alfred Thomas from Lanier (Ala.), who grew up an Auburn fan, won the competition. He released a top 6 on Sunday that didn’t include Auburn, but he has told SEC Country an offer from the Tigers could rearrange the list.
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