With new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler's background tutoring some of the game's best at the position including Tom Brady and Tim Tebow, Auburn is searching for a difference-maker at quarterback for this year's class. Here are some of the early targets for the Tigers heading into the spring evaluation period:
Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery (Alabam)—A two-sport standout for Carver, the 6-6, 200 Johnson is a smooth passer on the football field as well as the basketball court. With offers from Auburn in both sports he's a player who will have to make a decision on his future in the future.
Shane Morris, De La Salle (Michigan)—Committed to the Michigan Wolverines, the left-hander stands 6-3 and checks in at just under 200 pounds. He has combined to throw for nearly 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns the last two seasons. Athletic and able to throw on the run, Morris is solidly committed to the Wolverines at the moment.
Eddie Printz, Lassiter High (Georgia)—A smooth passer who was originally committed to SMU before switching to UCLA last month, the 6-3, 200 Printz was a standout for the Trojans in 2011 when he threw for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns with only nine interceptions. He has offers from around the country including Arkansas, Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.
Hayden Rettig, Cathedral High (Los Angeles)—Already a four-star prospect on Scout.com, the 6-3, 205 Rettig is planning to graduate in January and go through spring practice next season at the school he chooses. Already with offers from across the country, Rettig's older brother currently plays at Boston College.
Darryl Richardson, Armwood High (Florida)—A physically-imposing quarterback who can make all the throws, Richardson was the trigger man for one of the nation's top high school teams last season even though he missed part of the season with an injury. He still managed to throw for just over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. He has several early offers including Ohio State, South Florida and Tennessee.
Cord Sandberg, Manatee High (Florida)—Another outstanding two-way player that excels in both football and baseball, the 6-2, 185 Sandberg has early offers from Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa State Mississippi State, North Carolina and several more schools. A teammate of Auburn running back Mike Blakely in high school, he led his team to a state title in 2011.
Jason Smith, McGill-Toolen (Alabama)—A do-it-all quarterback for the Yellow Jackets, the speedy 6-1, 175 Smith could play a number of different positions on the next level but is expected to get a shot to play quarterback. With 4.4 speed and an accurate arm, Smith accounted for more than 2,000 total yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011. Auburn and Ole Miss have both offered.
Kohl Stewart, St. Pius X (Houston, Texas)—An early commitment to Texas A&M, Stewart is a 6-1, 190-pounder that is among the most productive passers in the country. It will be tough to sway him from his commitment to the Aggies, but teams are continuing to try to get in the mix including Auburn.
Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright High (Texas)—Already a five-star prospect on Scout.com, the 6-5, 220 Swoopes has a chance to be the top signal-caller in the country next year. Sporting offers from just about every major school in the country, Swoopes can really run and is continuing to develop as a passer. Of the quarterbacks on the list he may have the highest ceiling because of his combination of size and athleticism.
Cody Thomas, Colleyville Heritage High (Texas)—At 6-5, 220 with a strong arm, Thomas is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks in the Lone Star State for 2013. As a junior he threw for a ridiculous 3,382 yards and 36 touchdowns as he led his team to a 9-2 record. With early offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, USC and Vanderbilt among others, Thomas will be a fast-riser in the recruiting world this year.
Damian Williams, Archbishop Rummel (Louisiana)—At 6-1, 215, Williams is a physical player that has the ability to beat you with his arm or feet. Already hearing from Auburn, Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas State and Notre Dame in addition to nearby LSU, Williams' stock should continue to rise as the evaluation period continues into the summer.