Rettig Talks Recruiting And The Auburn Tigers

2013 quarterback prospect Hayden Rettig talks recruiting, gives his thoughts on Auburn, and his plans for spring break.

Los Angeles, Cal.—Rated the number 27 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, Hayden Rettig has been a busy guy so far in 2012. In addition to checking out some of the schools on a growing list of offers, he has also been working hard to get back to full strength following knee surgery last fall.

"I haven't taken any visits recently," Rettig tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have just been working out at my school and lifting and running a lot. I have gotten in pretty good shape."

Last month Rettig made a visit across the country to check out the Auburn Tigers and Coach Gene Chizik's program for a junior day. Staying on the Plains for two days, the standout quarterback said he got a good feel for the campus and the program while he was in town.

"Auburn is a cool place," Rettig said. "I liked it a lot. Having visited there I realized they are very dedicated to football and that's huge."

One of the biggest reasons for Rettig's visit was to have the opportunity to sit down and talk with Auburn's new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. Known as a quarterback coach that has worked with the likes of Tom Brady, Brian Griese, Drew Henson, John Navarre, Chad Henne and Tim Tebow, Rettig said he enjoyed having the chance to pick the brain of Loeffler and he likes what he heard from the coordinator.

"He's a pro guy," Rettig said. "He's the real deal. He's a good coach. He knows what he's talking about and he puts you in real live situations on the field."

Saying Auburn is a place he feels like he could play, Rettig said the Tigers helped themselves on his visit and are one of the schools still on his wide open list at the moment. Planning to visit several more of those in the coming weeks including Miami and Washington State, Rettig said his immediate plans are to spend time with his older brother on the East Coast.

A two-year starter at quarterback for Boston College, Chase Rettig has been through the recruiting experience before and the younger Rettig said he plans to use that to his advantage when he visits Chestnutt Hill and the BC campus. In addition he said they plan to visit Rutgers to spend some time on the campus and see former Boston College coach Dave Brock. Brock was the interim offensive coordinator for the Eagles last season and is now the wide receiver coach at Rutgers.

"I'm going to go up and hang out with my brother on my spring break," Rettig said. "I'm just going to see how he's doing. After that I may go down and check out Rutgers because Chase is really good friends with the old offensive coordinator at BC. He's now at Rutgers. We're just going to hang out and figure stuff out."

As a junior Rettig played in just one game before his injury. Taking on Banning, the junior completed 30-47 passes for 508 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.


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