One of the leading candidates to fill that role is the deadly accurate Brandon Cox from Hewitt-Trussville High School.
Completing 123 of 167 passes for 1,556 yards with 17 touchdowns and one interception, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why college coaches from schools all over the Southeast are making trips to the Magic City to see the left-hander in action. Still, he notes that he has just two leaders and three more schools of interest at the moment.
"Auburn and Florida," he says are the two leaders for his services right now. "I just talked to Florida this week. LSU and NC State are still there and I'm also talking to Ole Miss."
This past weekend he had a chance to see both his leaders in action at the same time when the Gators traveled to the Plains. After witnessing an improbable 23-20 win by the Tigers, he has nothing but good things to say about what he saw.
"I went to the Auburn-Florida game for an unofficial visit," he notes. "It was a really good game. It surprised me. The atmosphere after the game, the whole stadium stayed full about 30 minutes after the game and everybody was going crazy. It was really exciting."
Off to a 7-0 start, a perfect 5-0 in Class 6A Region 7 play, the Huskies have perhaps their biggest challenge of the season this Friday night when the travel to Lawson Field at 7 p.m. to take on the Huffman Vikings, who have exactly the same record. This game will likely decide the region winner, but Cox said his team is trying to keep it low-key for Friday night.
Cox has been almost perfect through seven games of his senior season.
"We're just treating it like any other game," he says of the Huskies matchup with Huffman. "We're preparing during practice. It's going to be the biggest game of the season and if we can win this game we should be on our way to, hopefully, the state championship."
Known for running the ball on just about every play in the past, Hewitt-Trussville coach Jack Wood has opened up his offense this season and Cox is the reason. "Brandon is the most accurate quarterback I have ever coached," says Wood. "He is a great leader, too."
After working on their passing and receiving skills all summer at various camps and clinics, including the Auburn passing camp, the Huskies have become the premier passing team in the state this season behind the arm of Cox.
"It's going real good," Cox says. "We're really doing well both on offense and defense. Our offense is especially playing well. Right now all our receivers are getting open and the offensive line is keeping everyone off me and I'm having a lot of time to make my decisions.
"With my offensive line being better this year it gives me time to progress further in my reads. Because of that we're throwing to more receivers. We're not just throwing to just one or two. We're throwing to three or four receivers, spreading the ball out a lot more."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Hewitt-Trussville should be familiar to Auburn fans as another Huskie quarterback has ties to the Tigers. Although he never played a down of football in college, former star Jason Standridge signed with the Tigers out of Hewitt-Trussville before signing to play professional baseball with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He made his first big league appearance this past summer as a pitcher with the Devil Rays and appears to be on his way to a good career on the diamond. In addition to Cox, on this year's team the Huskies also have a sleeper prospect in receiver Lee Guess. A bit small at 5-10 175, Guess more than makes up for it with his superb route running and fantastic hands. Guess is definitely a player to keep an eye on when Signing Day rolls around in February.