AUBURN, Ala. — Though he’s two years away from stepping foot on Auburn’s campus, Joey Gatewood can already envision himself thriving in Gus Malzahn’s offense.
“It’s going to be crazy when I get here in two years,” said Gatewood, who visited the Plains over the weekend.
“I think I fit in their offensive very well. If the coaches stay the same and the offense stays the same, I think it’s going to be crazy.”
At 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds, Gatewood has already drawn comparisons to former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton for his uncanny size and passing ability. As a sophomore, Gatewood threw for 713 yards and rushed for 871 more.
The rising junior from Bartram Trail High School (St. Johns, Fla.) committed to the Tigers in December and figures to be the cornerstone of the program’s 2018 recruiting cycle.
Over the weekend, Gatewood categorized his commitment as “110 percent,” a credit to his relationship with offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
“It seems like he’s a great friend,” said Gatewood, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country. “But he’s a coach. And I respect him. I get along with him so well. I’m stuck to him. I dig him.”
Remarkably, Gatewood had only visited Auburn once prior to Saturday’s spring game.
“It’s just like the same feeling I got the first time,” Gatewood said of his second visit. “It’s a great atmosphere and I love it here.”
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