Stephenville, Tex.--Looking to shore up the quarterback position heading into the 2017 season, Coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee landed a huge piece of the puzzle with the addition of former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who committed to the Tigers on Saturday.
"These last six months have been crazy and the craziness is finally over," Stidham said in announcing his decision. "Time to start my next chapter at Auburn University!. War Eagle!"
Choosing the Tigers over Texas A&M, Florida and several others, Stidham is the biggest name of the transfer quarterbacks available in this year's class and has the ability to come in and compete right away for the starting position at Auburn despite the return of Sean White.
Sitting out this season after transferring from Baylor, Stidham has three years left to play three and enters Auburn with experience already under his belt in major college football. In 2015 he was the backup to Seth Russell with the Bears, but was forced into action with Russell was injured. Before he too was injured late in the year he completed 68.8 percent of his passes (75-109) for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions.
Jarrett Stidham (left) is shown with Auburn offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Rhett Lashlee.
His best performance came in a road win at Kansas State in his first career start. Against the Wildcats he completed 23-33 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 victory.
Rated a five-star prospect by Scout, Stidham was one of the top quarterbacks in the country coming out of Stephenville High. Compiling 3,903 total yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior, he threw for 2,934 yards and 35 TDs on 183-of-260 passes and also ran for 969 yards and 15 touchdowns on 122 carries
Those numbers make him a player that could do some damage in Auburn's offense because of his ability to throw the football as well as having the athleticism and speed to make plays with his legs.
Covering the state of Texas recruiting for Scout, Greg Powers said Stidham is a player who should fit in well with the Tigers and has the ability to be an impact player right away.
"Stidham is one of those types who could really fit into any offense, because he has a plus arm and the ability to run on designed runs or when plays break down," Powers said. "He is a very fiery competitor and one who is not afraid to press action and make plays. He has a good arm and if he spots an opening he will pull the trigger quickly. He an and will make all the throws and has an improvisational quality that makes him special."