Young QB Gatewood "Loves" Auburn Visit

Big-time 2018 QB Joey Gatewood talks about visiting Auburn and why the Tigers are now gaining on FSU.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Perhaps the top 2018 quarterback prospect in the country, 6-3, 205 Joey Gatewood spent two days on the Auburn campus getting a chance to learn more about Coach Gus Malzahn’s Tigers. Sitting down with Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee as well as checking out the campus, Gatewood said the visit was a good one for him.

“I loved it,” Gatewood said. “It was definitely an adventure because I stayed the night. It was something, it was fun. They treated me real good. I would definitely decide to come back.”

Already very high on the Tigers with Florida State another early favorite, Gatewood said for him the visit was an important one to get more of a feel for what Auburn is all about and he left with a very good impression.

“They are really close to FSU now,” Gatewood said. “FSU isn’t so far ahead, not any more. They’re like right there with them.

“They really broke down the offense for me,” he added. “They really showed me what they do and I think that’s the perfect fit for me. Everything is right there. I loved it.”

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As a freshman he shared quarterback duties, but still threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns while adding 659 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. A true dual-threat quarterback, Gatewood said another of the reasons he is high on the Tigers is because of the offense and Cam Newton.

“They talked about (him) around me a lot because I’m in love with Cam,” Gatewood said. “They talked about Cam and Nick (Marshall) and how they were both real good dual-threats and their records and all that.”

Planning to make it back to Auburn this fall for a game, Gatewood said he’s still a long ways off before making a decision, but being able to get his first visit to the Plains was very important for him.

“When I first started getting recruited Auburn was my number one choice,” he said. “Then it changed to FSU. Now they are right there with them because I finally took the visit. They said I would love it and I believed them. I did love it and I enjoyed it there.”

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