Auburn In Top Three For 4-Star QB

Austin Kendall talks about his trip to Auburn on Friday, why the Tigers are in the top three for the 4-star QB, and about his brief encounter with an NFL star.

Waxhaw, N.C.--One of the top quarterback prospects in the country, Austin Kendall is a pro-style quarterback looking for the right fit on the next level. While most people think of Auburn’s offense as a running quarterback system because of guys like Cam Newton and Nick Marshall, Kendall said he believes he would be a good fit for the Tigers after hearing what Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee had to say while on his Friday visit to the Plains.

“They were just showing me how I fit in their offense,” Kendall said. “They were showing how they’re going to more of a pro-style now. They use athletes for what they need, the last two years they had Nick Marshall and they used him to the best of his abilities. They used him for what they needed there. Look at the guys now and they are all pro-style. Jeremy Johnson is really a true pro-style quarterback so that’s what they’re going after.”

Making his first visit back to Auburn since getting an offer from the Tigers, Kendall said it was nice to see everything again and he feels good about the Tigers being one of his top three schools at the moment along with Oklahoma and Kentucky (brother Ryan plays for the Wildcats).

“They were just showing me their interest in me and how much they really want me to be a part of Auburn,” Kendall said. “Auburn is definitely up there right now. I would say Oklahoma is on top right now.

“I definitely like their offense and the quarterback situation,” he added of the Tigers. “The coaches there, I really have a good relationship with all of them just like at Oklahoma and Kentucky.”

A big part of Kendall’s trip was spent continuing to build his relationship with Lashlee, the guy that would be his future position coach should he choose the Tigers.

“It was great,” Kendall said. “I have always been able to get along with him. I’ve always had a good relationship with him and the whole staff over there. He’s really a good guy.”

In addition to his time spent with the coaching staff, Kendall also got an extra treat on Friday when he ran into Newton and got a photo op with the NFL star. Playing his football in Charlotte, Newton is a player Kendall gets to see play on a regular basis and he said it was special to finally get to meet him. Newton is back in classes this spring finishing up his degree at Auburn.

“It was the first time I have met him so that was pretty cool,” Kendall said. “Meeting the guy from Charlotte who is well known, that was pretty cool meeting him for the first time.”

With no set timetable Kendall said he plans to make a decision sometime soon so he can concentrate on his senior season at Cuthbertson High School.


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