Welcome to “Quarterback Week”, where Saturday Down South talks to some of the top QB targets out there for SEC schools. We’ve interviewed some of the biggest names, and we’ll rank them at the end of the week. See who your school is hoping to lure to campus.
Tyler Queen believed in Gus Malzahn and Auburn’s “inevitable” ascension much earlier than even most fans did.
The four-star quarterback committed after the coaching change, shortly after the forgettable 2012 season. He’s been a loyal class member for nearly a year, one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the nation for 2015.
“From the first time I visited with coach (Rhett) Lashlee and coach Malzahn, I could see what they were going to do with the program at Auburn,” Queen told Saturday Down South. “I could see the sense of urgency to get things turned around. He said in his press conference from day one, we’re going to get back to championships. I don’t think anybody could have written the story lines that they did (so quickly), but I knew that they had the right thing going and the right mindset.
“I knew the offense was going to be explosive. It already had a track record and I really liked it. Coach Malzahn was so personable, not just to me but my whole family and he made it a priority to be that way with my dad and my mother. They were first class about everything they did.”
Because of last season’s on-the-field success, especially offensively, Auburn became an overnight hit. Now, offensive skill players everywhere want to be a part of what the Tigers are doing. The Tigers signed a red-hot 2014 quarterback in Sean White, and other top QBs in the 2015 class are now showing a lot of interest in Auburn. But they weren’t around last year when Queen was.
“Anywhere you go in college football, there is going to be great competition at every school,” Queen told SDS. “You have to do what you have to do to put yourself in a position to play. The people working with me all this time have put me in a position to be great. I’m open to competition and it’ll all only make me better.
“People say only iron sharpens iron, so I’m ready for that challenge.”
Speaking of challenges, how about moving into the SEC … as a quarterback. Might as well learn to swim in shark-infested waters, eh?
“You’ve always had dreams, as a football player, you imagine scoring touchdowns at Sanford Stadium or Bryant Denny Stadium or The Swamp,” Queen told SDS. “Even in my backyard football days I felt that way. It didn’t really seem so close to reality back then. But my first two years of high school, I was playing against some of the best Division I recruits in Georgia. I was doing alright. But the idea of playing in the SEC is unreal, humbling and a blessing. I know I’m grateful.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.