Tyler Queen–Auburn’s first 2015 commitment and one of its leaders in recruiting other top players–will not need surgery for an injury incurred in high school baseball earlier this month, he learned Monday.
Queen took a trip to the Florida Panhandle to see the highly regarded orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who determined surgery was not necessary to repair an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament–at the elbow–on his throwing arm. Queen is a pitcher and injured it on March 14.
“We just got through seeing Andrews. (Tyler) has to shut down all workouts for four to six weeks and should make a full recovery. We are so thankful,” Tyler’s mother Tracy Queen texted Saturday Down South. “The Auburn fans have been very supportive and we appreciate the support of our son.”
The younger Queen agreed.
“Very good (news),” the QB texted SDS. “Good to be able to play and excited about coming back!”
The quarterback was invited to the Elite 11 camp this past week but didn’t throw as a precaution, even though he was cleared to participate. He should be ready to go by this summer and all is set for his senior season. He is rated a four-star prospect and a national top 300 overall prospect. He threw for 2,607 yards and 23 TDs as a junior, while rushing for 925 yards and 20 TDs. He is known for his toughness and resiliency–and he committed to Auburn well before the Tigers became the toast of the SEC in 2013.
“Anywhere you go in college football, there is going to be great competition at every school,” the four-star QB told SDS in a recent interview, when asked about eventually competing for the starting job at Auburn. “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.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.