Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we talk with 4-star 2019 offensive lineman Pierce Quick and provide an update on Quay Walker‘s top 5.
TRUSSVILLE — Pierce Quick shoots it straight.
The 4-star 2019 offensive lineman doesn’t downplay his Crimson Tide fandom. Quick’s whole family attended Alabama and he’s always dreamed of playing in crimson and white. Once Alabama started recruiting him hard — harder than any other program — Quick found it nearly impossible for another school to overtake the Tide.
He felt so strongly about it that he’s, on a few occasions, thought it was probably time to just commit to Alabama.
There has only been one program stopping him: Alabama’s in-state rival.
“Auburn is the only thing that’s been holding me back, really, just because Auburn is really nice, and I love it,” Quick told SEC Country. “They were my first Power 5 offer. That’s where they have an advantage for me because, growing up an Alabama fan, it was hard to consider them, but they really offered me when nobody else had. That was huge.”
But Auburn still has nearly insurmountable ground to make up.
Quick said, if he has 100 percent interest in Alabama, then his Auburn interest is roughly at 70 percent. That’s not a knock on Auburn — his clear-cut second-place school — rather it explains just how strongly he feels about a future in Tuscaloosa.
“Auburn is second, for sure, but I’d have to say right now Alabama’s got a pretty good lead,” Quick said. “They would have to show me more love than what Alabama’s showing me, and I mean I’m not going to lie, that would be tough just because of how much they’re showing me. It’s possible, but Alabama has just shown me so much love.”
He has felt that love at Auburn, too.
Most recently, he attended the A-Day spring game and spent much of his day on the sideline with Oxford (Ala.) offensive lineman Clay Webb, a fellow top target in the 2019 class. During pregame, coach Gus Malzahn and offensive line coach Herb Hand showed the 2 offensive linemen on-the-field attention, something that caught Quick off guard — and made the whole A-Day experience feel particularly special.
“That was huge. I’m not even going to lie. That was big-time right there, especially because there were so many other people out there. For him and Coach Hand to come up to us and yell across the field, that was awesome. … He just said, ‘Now those are 2 guys I like to see together.’ It was really cool,” Quick said. “Every time I go there, I love it. I honestly do. It’s just a huge family. It really is just a big, old family. That’s their motto. Even their name tags, it says family.”
With those Auburn staff interactions, Malzahn and Hand are well aware of Quick’s favorite program since he was 5 years old. It’s not the first time they’ve tried to convince a Crimson Tide fan to join the Tigers.
In fact, it happened last cycle when Auburn signed offensive lineman Austin Troxell, who comes from an Alabama-only family. Malzahn and Hand have used that experience to try to convince Quick to come to Auburn, though they know it will be a difficult task to accomplish.
“Austin Troxell, his whole family was big Alabama fans. They said they wanted me to be kinda like him,” Quick said. “They said to just keep on coming and, sooner or later, I’ll love Auburn.”
Quay Walker puts Auburn in top 5
There weren’t many surprises in Quay Walker’s top-5 list, which he released Wednesday night.
The programs included — Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and LSU — have been the same ones Walker has talked about since I started interviewing him last season when Walker was known more as “Markaviest Bryant’s teammate” at Crisp County High (Ga.)
— Mr.D1 (@QuayWalker4) April 19, 2017
Now, Walker has emerged as one of the top pass-rushing threats in the nation. There have been times when Georgia led and when Florida led. LSU and Alabama began to enter the equation a little bit later, but his love for both of those schools has been in full effect since they started showing regular interest.
As for Auburn, the Tigers have been Walker’s perceived favorite since Bryant surprised many with his commitment to Auburn on National Signing Day. Walker even said, at the time, that Auburn overtook Georgia and LSU for his top spot when Bryant made that announcement.
In recent weeks — specifically when he was back at Auburn for junior day — he said publicly that no school has an edge over another. But he did leave with some reassuring news for Auburn regarding his friendship with Bryant.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to go where I think it’s the best fit for me. At the same time, it kinda played a big role where Markaviest went,” Walker said in March. “Y’all know I want to play with him.”
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