Auburn, Ala. --One of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and a 2018 Auburn commitment out of Bartram Trail High in Jacksonville, Fla., Joey Gatewoodmade it back to the Plains on Saturday for a junior day with the Tigers.
Gatewood’s recruitment and loyalty to Auburn was questioned after the news broke about Rhett Lashlee’s departure to Connecticut. Lashlee was his lead recruiter, but it hasn’t changed his feelings for the Tigers.
“It went good. Always good to be back,” Gatewood said about his visit.
When asked whom he spent the most time with today, the answer was the new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
“It was nice to get to spend the day with him,” Gatewood said. “We bonded. It was my first time getting to spend the day with him.”
Gatewood also talked about his relationship with the new offensive coach saying, “It’s coming along. My mom loves him. He’s a really nice good guy.”
When asked what Lindsey liked about him, Gatewood shared, “I think what he likes about me is that I can do both. I can throw it and I can run it. He likes the fact that I can throw it. I have a big arm.”
Despite the questions about Gatewood and his recruitment, he had some good news for Auburn when asked about his odds on continuing his career on the plains. He said, “Great. Still my school.”
He said he’s planning on being back in Auburn on A-Day and now his goal is to be a recruit that helps Auburn bring in other top guys. He said that Justyn Ross and Jacob Copeland are the first two guys that he’s trying to reel into Auburn.
His first step for Ross was to get him on campus for Junior Day.
“I’m the one who texted him to meet me up here,”Gatewood said of the Central-Phenix City star.
He said that he talks to Ross on a weekly basis. They spent some time together at the 2018 Under Armor Future 50.
Gatewood was asked about why he was still communicating with other schools. He said, “I just want to make sure I make the right decision.”
He expects to graduate high school in December so he can get to his college destination in time for him to practice in the spring.