Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday, and there’s a new quarterback to watch out for on Auburn’s radar.
New quarterback on the radar
A few weeks ago, A.J. Curry went through his routine of sending his highlight film to people who could be interested.
On that distribution list was Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who had recently followed him on Twitter.
Curry sent his quarterback highlight video to Lindsey. Lindsey took a quick look at it and responded promptly by letting Curry know how impressed he was by the tape. Curry didn’t think much of it, other than letting a few of his high school coaches know that an Auburn coordinator had shown some interest in his preliminary game film.
“I just thought of it as a heads-up,” Curry said.
It quickly turned into a little bit more than a back-and-forth of highlights, which isn’t uncommon in the recruiting world.
Lindsey reached back out to Curry later to let him know he wanted the Habersham Central (Ga.) quarterback to visit the Tigers. With Auburn’s miss on 5-star Justin Fields, the Auburn-Ole Miss game seemed like a perfect time for Curry to get acquainted to the Plains, a place he was wholly unfamiliar with.
Curry arrived for his first visit to Auburn. It lived up to expectations.
“It was a pretty good atmosphere. It was great to be here. It was great to be invited by Coach Lindsey. It was good,” Curry said. “It would be pretty great [to receive an offer]. For me, starting this late in the season, being able to produce the way I am, it would be much of a blessing.”
The offer process is in the early stages.
Auburn only just got confirmation that the Tigers were on the outside looking in for Fields, so it’s still in the evaluation process. Curry requires more evaluation than most considering — not too unlike 2017 quarterback Malik Willis — this is Curry’s first season playing quarterback after three years as a wide receiver.
Curry has seen his recruitment pick up heavily in just a half-season, receiving offers from Western Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and South Alabama.
But with places like Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia in communication, it appears Curry could be on the verge of something much greater.
Lindsey’s message to Curry has been clear.
“Mostly, just be patient. This is my first year being quarterback, so he wants to see what else I can do and what else I can bring to the table. Also, what else can fit for the rest of the team,” Curry said. “He will be at my practice in about two weeks. We’ll see how that goes from there on. They said they’ll take one more quarterback. After that, it’s just all down the road.”
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound quarterback is breaking some news there, because he’s giving the most confirmation to date that the Tigers will take a second quarterback in this class.
Curry seems like one of the more-likely options at this time, based on level of interest from Lindsey.
During pregame of Ole Miss, Lindsey took his family down on the field to the end zone to meet with Curry and his family. The two chatted for an extended period of time — longer than most coach-prospect conversations before games — which is something that stood out to the aspiring quarterback.
“It was pretty neat. He told me at some point to meet him before the game, but I didn’t expect to meet him before,” Curry said. “For him to just talk to me and my family and introduce himself, it was pretty great.”
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