As we continue our march to kickoff, we take a look at the top 100 recruits to sign with Auburn of all-time*. The rankings are based on 247’s composite recruit rankings, which unfortunately only date back to 2000.
When Bo Nix committed to Auburn back in January of 2018, there was much rejoicing and merriment due to the legacy nature of the event. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that Bo Nix is really, really good, and may actually start his first college game at quarterback.
Here’s what AU Nerd wrote about him last year:
“Nix is the son of former Auburn great Patrick Nix who threw for almost 5,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns in his career. Since then, the elder Nix has joined the coaching ranks and this past season lead Pinson Valley to their first ever state title and an undefeated season. His son Bo was a major reason why as the young man completed 306 of his 472 pass attempts for 4,446 yards and 56 touchdowns. He only threw 7 picks and TWENTY of those passing touchdowns came in the playoffs. Oh and Nix put up those numbers despite missing four games with a lower leg injury.
I cannot overstate how important a commitment this is for Auburn. Quarterback is going to be a major position of need in 2019 once Jarrett Stidham more than likely goes pro. The Tigers have two guys I really like in Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood on board but as we have seen in the past, nothing is a sure thing at quarterback so you better have options. That’s exactly what the Tigers will have in 2019 with three outstanding young signal callers battling for the starting spot. Don’t be surprised if Nix ends up the victor, dude is that good.”
As for what he brings to the table from a scouting standpoint, Nix was one of the top players in the country for good reason. He’s got pretty much everything you want in a quarterback. Again, from AU Nerd’s commitment profile of him:
“Bo Nix is an elite quarterback prospect. He can make almost any throw and make it accurately. Not only does he have a live arm but he’s capable of ripping off a 50+ yard run as well. I personally love the way he handles himself in the pocket. He always keeps his eyes down field but is also able to avoid pressure, step up and make throws. He also excels throwing on the run which is a big part of Auburn’s offense. I personally believe he’s the best QB prospect in this class and if he was 1-2 inches taller would already be ranked in the top 10 overall. He’s seriously that good and should make the 2019 QB race fun to watch. If you have a chance to see Pinson Valley play next year, then put on your best Auburn gear and go watch this kid ball. He won’t disappoint.”
Now that he’s on campus, and now that he’s gone through one spring practice, this may actually happen. Nix could very well be a true freshman starting in the biggest game of opening weekend against Oregon. He looked the part at A-Day.
He’s currently locked in a battle for the starting spot with Joey Gatewood, but many believe that he’s got the edge in the race, and an announcement about a starter could come in the next couple of days.
Two weeks from now we could be watching Bo Nix take his first snaps in an Auburn uniform. It would be coming on the biggest stage in the biggest game of opening weekend.