Courting a Queen

Tyler Queen already had a handful of offers to his name entering Wednesday's work at the Alabama camp, but the offer from the defending champs is his first in the SEC. He breaks it down and much more inside.

Tyler Queen traveled to Tuscaloosa in search or an offer, and accomplished his goal on Wednesday.

"Its very exciting because they're the national champs," he said soon after. "They're the best at it right now. It makes me want to work that much harder to make sure I keep developing."

The Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb standout was moved to the "Bama" group along with two others already with verbal offers before he learned of his fate with Nick Saban's program.

"We got there, me and Ty Storey and Jacob Park all threw for Coach [Doug] Nussmeier at the camp," he said. "We threw at the stadium. 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 type stuff.

"Then Coach Saban told me that I had an offer from the University. He talked about the quarterback situation and wants to see me develop."

Though Queen worked to get the offer, he was still somewhat taken back when learning of it.

"It was kind of both," he admitted. "I went down there to work hard and get an offer, but it really surprised me. It was surprising since they offered two kids in my class (Storey and Ricky Town)."

Saban detailed the quarterback plan for the program.

"They said they would offer a couple of kids, but they're not ready to take any commitments in the class," said Queen. "They said I was in their top five, and they'll continue to watch us develop."

There's a lot to like about Queen's game considering he is a dual-threat that has also thrown for big numbers already in his career.

"They said I'm very athletic, I can play in or out of the pocket," he said of what the coaches told him. "I have a strong arm, I have a good knowledge of the game and I know the mental aspect of the game to make the right decisions."

As one would imagine, an Alabama offer means plenty for a prospect growing up in SEC country.

"They were really high on my list because I visited them during the season," he continued. "I really like how they do things on offense and I like how Coach Saban does things.

"This will put my name out there, because when the national champs are looking at you, your'e doing something right."

Queen has a busy camp schedule ahead, including a stop Wednesday afternoon at Auburn. He'll later travel to Georgia and Clemson this week. Tennessee and North Carolina will get a visit from him next week.

It's all apart of the plan for Queen's recruitment. The son of North Cobb's coach is as calculated as it gets on he recruiting front.

Said Queen, "I'm going to see what all falls into place and talk to my parents. I'm probably going to wait until the summer before my senior year to make my decision."


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