Auburn Wows New QB Commitment And Family

Deciding to get his decision out of the way early, 2015 quarterback Tyler Queen and his father discuss his commitment to the Auburn Tigers and why it's the perfect fit.

Kennesaw, Ga.—One of the biggest selling points for Tyler Queen and his family in choosing the Auburn Tigers so early was a comfort level with the coaching staff that permeated down from Gus Malzahn to his assistant coaches.

Building a strong bond with coaches Rhett Lashlee and Tim Horton during the recruiting process, when the time came to pull the trigger for the class of 2015 football prospect it was an easy decision says his father and coach at North Cobb High.

"I think that's the selling point," Shane Queen says. "You can tell the sincerity, that they're trying to build a family at Auburn. Obviously, sending your son away for five years other men are going to be a part of their life and you want to make sure they are great role models. This staff is top notch, one of the best I have met in my 20 years in the business. The impression they made on our whole family was just wow. It was mind-boggling."

While his commitment didn't come until Wednesday, Tyler Queen says he's known since after his second trip to Auburn for a football camp that he wanted to play for the Tigers. He notes that was cemented in his mind following a visit to his number two school North Carolina.

"As soon as I left the campus at North Carolina that last camp I didn't feel the same or didn't feel quite as a strong (as he had at Auburn)," Queen says. "I guess I knew then that it was time to go ahead and make my decision because if you've got something like this why wait? It's just a great feeling and I'm very confident and happy with my decision."

Watching his son develop as a quarterback the last two seasons, Shane Queen says he can't be more excited for the decision to play at Auburn and he believes big things are ahead for the program.

"It's something you dream about as a dad for 16 years," Shane Queen says. "To see it finally come to fruition and all the hard work he's done in the classroom and weight room and developing as a young man and a player, it's just a very rewarding day."

Watching and learning Malzahn's offense and variations of it for much of the last two seasons, Shane Queen says that the adjustment period shouldn't be a tough one at all for his son when he's ready to get on the field for the Tigers in two years. Until then he's looking for bigger and better things on the high school level after his son threw for 2,600 yards and ran for another 1,000 yards in 2012.

"Everything they do offensively he's been doing already for two years," Shane Queen says. "He has already started 25 games and still has two years left. Hopefully, he's going to be a 50-game starter before he gets to college. Him being in the same offense and having that experience will be a great experience for him."

With his decision out of the way Tyler Queen says his job is to now begin to recruit for Auburn not only for the 2015 class, but this year as well. Taking it as his job to build the talent around him for the future, Quinn says there's only one goal and he's already working towards it.

"Coach Malzahn said he's going to try to let me take ownership in that," Queen says of building the 2015 class. "I just want to get something rolling here in the upcoming years and hopefully build a team that can win a national championship."

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