Auburn’s new coaching staff wants to bring in 2 quarterback signees this cycle in order to add more talent to that QB room and prepare for life without Bo Nix. They are halfway there landing 3-star Holden Geriner last month whose stock has been on the rise in recent weeks jumping 450+ spots in 247’s most recent recruiting rankings update.
But Bryan Harsin and Mike Bobo aren’t done. They are hoping to bring in another high quality prospect to compete with Geriner for a future starting position. 4-star Jacurri Brown has long been the top target for that 2nd spot and included the Tigers in his top 5 last month. However, in recent weeks, Miami has emerged as the leader thanks to his close relationship with former Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee and the opportunity to be the leader of that class.
So while that has not officially happened, it appears Auburn is preparing to move on and focus in on some new targets. Mike Bobo handed out two new offers this week to two prospects who have seen their recruitments blow up over the last month.
The first was to 3-star Tayven Jackson out of Greenwood, IN. The 6’5” 185 pound signal caller has emerged as one of the most coveted QB prospects this cycle. Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, and UCF have all offered in the last two weeks. Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, Michigan, and Oregon were already heavily involved in this recruitment and considered his early leaders. Jackson appears to be in the early stages of his recruitment with a decision unlikely to come any time soon.
As a prospect, what first jumps out is Jackson’s frame. He’s a big kid who will easily be able to put on 15+ pounds of muscle at the next level. Jackson helped lead Cedar Grove to an undefeated season and a 6A state championship this past fall throwing for over 1,700 yards while completing 62% of his passes, tossing 17 touchdowns, and throwing only 5 picks.
Jackson has a big arm and shows the ability to fit passes through tight windows. While he’s listed as a pro style quarterback, Jackson has enough athleticism to be a factor in the run game. His footwork will need to be cleaned up at the next level as he has a tendency to throw off his front foot and sometimes falls away on his follow through. From a tools perspective though he’s got everything you’d want to see in a QB prospect.
The other offer went out last night to 3-star Nick Evers who had a breakout season at Flower Mound in Flower Mound, Texas. This offer has been a long time coming as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been in consistent communication with Evers for a few weeks now.
Evers, like Jackson, has seen his recruitment really take off recently. He’s emerged as a top target for Boise State, Florida, Penn State, and Texas Tech, all programs I expect to make his top list whenever he decides to release it. I also expect Auburn to make the cut. It seems he’s been waiting on this offer and likes what he’s heard so far from Bobo. Evers also told AuburnSports’s Jeffery Lee that he’s not worried about being the 2nd QB in a class.
“I know they have a current QB commit,” Evers said. “But if I decided to go there - I’ve competed all my life, so this is no different. We’d have to push each other to be better.”
Unlike Jackson, I think Evers is closer to reaching a decision. He will likely put out a top group in the near future and wants to be committed by spring to help build the class. Auburn is reportedly working to setup a virtual visit in the near future and I fully expect the Tigers to be in this race to the finish.
I personally like Evers’s tape a bit more than Jackson’s. He’s not as big or as athletic as Jackson but he’s insanely accurate and throws one of the prettiest deep balls of this class. I also love his ball placement. He consistently shows the ability to put the ball in places where only his WR has a chance. Completion percentage is great but it’s even more impressive when you see how he goes about completing those passes.
Either Jackson or Evers would be a great addition to this class with Geriner. Harsin and Bobo are both considered to be elite QB evaluators, recruiters and developers. This type of QB class would only further validate those claims.
I think there’s also a chance you see some more offers go out in the coming days too. I am keeping an eye on 4-star Drew Allar, 4-star Tanner Bailey, 3-star Devin Farrell, and 3-star Conner Harrell. It will be interesting to see how Auburn can finish off this 2022 QB class.