Posted: 7:57 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013
By Chris Fuhrmeister
Auburn picked up its first 2015 commitment on Wednesday afternoon, as quarterback Tyler Queen pledged his services to the Tigers.
Head coach Gus Malzahn expressed his approval on Twitter shortly after Queen's commitment.
Boom!— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) July 10, 2013
Queen stands 6'2, and 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals say he weighs between 229 and 237 pounds -- Scout lists him at 210, which seems low. He is not yet rated by ESPN, Rivals or Scout, but 247 lists him as a four-star prospect. The Kennesaw, Ga,, North Cobb High product currently has 12 offers, mostly in the southeast, and he chose the Tigers over Alabama, Clemson, Miami and North Carolina, among others. Tim Horton is listed as Queen's primary recruiter, per 247, while Rhett Lashlee has reportedly helped out, too.
Queen is listed as a pro-style QB, and 247 says he's the No. 11-rated player at his position, No. 15 in the state of Georgia and No. 185 in the nation.
After the IMG 7v7 National Championship in June, SB Nation recruiting analyst Bud Elliott came away impressed with Queen's skills:
Tyler Queen, of the North Cobb squad, showed the arm I had heard about coming from some SEC camps this summer. The 2015 prospect needs to slim down some, but the tools are there to be a good quarterback at the BCS level.
While it may seem like a surprise that Malzahn would recruit a pro-style quarterback to run his spread offense, one look at Queen's highlight tape, provided by 247, shows that he has the speed and strength to make an impact in the running game. And considering the highlights are from his freshman year, they're even more impressive. Queen has the size, athleticism and big arm to be a star in Malzahn's attack.