Junior QB Driskel Enjoys Visit to Auburn

Standout 2011 quarterback prospect Jeff Driskel talks about visiting Auburn's Junior Day on Saturday.

Oviedo, Fla.--There is no question that one of the feature positions for Auburn's 2011 signing class is going to be at quarterback and one of the prospects already on the Tigers' radar is big Jeff Driskel from Hagerty High.

With offers from Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and a few others, Driskel will be a sought-after player in the coming year.

At 6-4, 220 with a strong arm and the athleticism to create plays with his legs, Driskel is already considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the country in addition to being an outstanding center fielder in baseball. Those two things came together on Saturday as Driskel was in Auburn for a junior day to check out Gene Chizik's program and in the process also stopped by Plainsman Park to see Coach John Pawlowski's baseball Tigers.

It's not the first visit to Auburn for Driskel as he was up twice during the football season for the Mississippi State and Alabama games. He also talked with the baseball coaches as well during those trips and he says it's big for him to be able to get a feel for what Auburn is all about so early in the recruiting process. So far he likes everything he sees.

"I have been up there a couple of times and I feel like it's important to get up there as much as possible," Driskel says. "I got to see a bunch of the top recruits. It was good to see all of the 2011 talent around."

One of the biggest things for Driskel was the opportunity to talk with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and see some of his ideas on offense. After watching the Tigers play this season and hearing Malzahn's thoughts on the future, Driskel says there are some exciting things in store at Auburn.

"He had a PowerPoint up that showed how much progression they've had in their offense in just the first year," Driskel says. "He said they would just continue to get better and put up bigger numbers with the recruits they are starting to bring in."

Building a bond with the coaching staff is something that all recruits strive for and it has been a major point of emphasis for Chizik's staff since they came on the job just over one year ago. Those relationships have been a big part in helping the 2010 class become one of the best in the country to this point and it's something Driskel says that's what he's looking for in a coaching staff.

"The relationship part is probably one of the biggest things, getting to know the coaches and how they teach and instruct their players," Driskel says. "Seeing some of the players right now and what they think about their coaches is big for me. It's real important for me and I'm going to get to Auburn as much as possible."

As a junior Driskel passes for just over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns after throwing for 1,125 yards as a sophomore with six touchdowns.


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