The secret is out
QB Jeff Driskel has been on Auburn's radar for a while, but now his stock is rising
Auburn coaches have known all they needed to know about Jeff Driskel since he put up sensational numbers in a camp last summer.
And now he's turning heads from coast to coast.
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Driskel, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds from Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty, was a standout in the Under Armour combine last week in Orlando. And he was the top quarterback in Friday's combine held in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Driskel, an Auburn fan since he was young, received an Auburn offer last Sept. 1. He received an offer from Florida earlier this week. He said Friday Auburn remains among his favorites. He said he talks frequently with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.
"I talk with coach Malzahn once or twice a week," Driskel told AuburnUndercover.com. "We talk constantly."
And Driskel said the Tigers signing of junior college quarterback Cam Newton has had no impact on him.
"Coach Malzahn was telling me not to worry about them signing Newton," Driskel said. "He was telling me about how he would be graduated when I am a sophomore. That signing didn't change my situation with Auburn at all."
Driskel has already accepted an invitation to play in next year's Under Armour All-America game.
"I just watched that game and thought it looked like a fun opportunity to compete against the best in the nation," Driskel said. "I didn't want to commit to it on the spot, but I took a few days and decided that was the game I wanted to play in.
Driskel said he saw a lot of passing in the Under Armour game last Saturday and was intrigued.
"As a quarterback, it is always good when you know you will be passing the majority of the time," Driskel said. "But for me, I also know that the competition level will be high. And it will be a preview of what I will face in that first year of college."
Nineteen players have already accepted invitations to play in the 2011 game. Defensive tackle Gabe Wright from Columbus, Ga./Carver is the only other player with an Auburn offer on the early roster.
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