It looks like Auburn football is looking to bring in two quarterback recruits to the class of 2022 with the extended offer to Indiana native Tayven Jackson. With 29 offers already on the table, Jackson is becoming highly sought after, and for good reason.
The four-star prospect passed for 1,756 yards and 17 touchdowns this past fall and helped lead his high school team to the Class 6A state championship, according to the Daily Journal. He would join Holden Geriner in the QB section of the class of 2022.
Interestingly enough, Jackson tweeted about his offer from Auburn football just hours after tweeting about his offer from Gus Malzahn at UCF. Could the recruiting rivalry between Auburn and UCF be heating up again over this class of ’22 QB? Tayven Jackson marks the first quarterback offer that Gus Malzahn has made at UCF according to Brandon Helwig on Twitter.
Eleven Warriors spoke with one of Jackson’s high school teammates, defensive lineman Caden Curry, and he told the publication that the team nicknamed Jackson “Miniature Mahomes” and described his elite athletic ability:
"“One thing is he has the athletic ability. It’s crazy how much he can do with the ball. He can run with it. He can pass it. He’s just gotta build into his body and get stronger, and he’ll be a really good quarterback.”“He’s just fast with the ball, he can move out of the pocket, he can play with the running back and also throw the ball 50 yards downfield to somebody if he needs to. He’s got an arm on him. For the past two years, we’ve been a run-dominant team. But with him now at quarterback, we can open it up a little bit more. But we’re still mainly a running team. We’ll see what he can do this year to open it up some more and get some passes out there for him.”"
After a few years of quarterbacks that haven’t exactly been outstanding, it seems Bryan Harsin and co. are looking to change the national narrative of Auburn football’s brand.