Former 5-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham is reportedly choosing between Auburn and Texas A&M as his top transfer options.
We still have about three weeks left before entering the college football postseason, but the offseason seems to be getting an early start.
This past summer, former 5-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced his intent to transfer from Baylor. And while plenty of potential landing spots have been discussed, it seems as though two schools have emerged as the leaders.
We knew Auburn was in serious contention for the former Baylor quarterback — especially when he visited The Plains for the season opener against Clemson. Now Texas A&M has risen to the top of the list and is hoping to land Stidham with the idea he’d start in 2017, according to 247Sports.
Stidham was in College Station last weekend for their 29-28 loss to Ole Miss, and he reportedly spoke with head coach Kevin Sumlin for about an hour last week.
Trevor Knight transferred from Oklahoma prior to the 2016 season and started nine games for Texas A&M before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. The Aggies have six other quarterbacks on their roster, only two of whom are upperclassmen. They also have 4-star prospect Kellen Mond, the No. 10 quarterback and No. 124 overall player in the nation, committed to their 2017 class.
According to the report, Sumlin and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone have been planning to discuss their pursuit of Stidham with Mond and his family. There is no knowledge as to whether or not that conversation has taken place.
An in-home visit is being scheduled for Sumlin and Mazzone to go see Stidham, and the former 5-star prospect will likely take one more visit to College Station before the dead period sets in mid-December.
As 247Sports states, Stidham initially wanted to choose Texas A&M when he signed with Baylor as the No. 3 quarterback and No. 33 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class. However, an impending position battle with Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray deterred him from signing with the Aggies. Neither Allen, nor Murray are with the program anymore.
If all goes in Texas A&M’s favor, Stidham would choose the Aggies over Auburn and start on Day 1 during the 2017 season. Mond could redshirt and then take the reins from Stidham once the former Baylor quarterback leaves for the NFL. Following the 2017 season, Stidham would have completed at least six academic semesters and would be eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft.
If Stidham were to choose Auburn, he would have to compete with rising junior Sean White (who’s started nine games for the Tigers thus far this season), rising senior John Franklin III, rising sophomore Woody Barrett (the No. 8 quarterback from the 2016 class), and rising redshirt sophomore Tyler Queen. It’s safe to say, though, that Stidham would likely beat out all of Auburn’s incumbents if he were to sign with the program.
Seemingly, the only way Stidham ends up at another program other than Auburn or Texas A&M would be if Art Briles or his son, Kendal Briles, landed major coaching positions at another university. However, that’s a wild card that may be buried too far into the deck given the reports that continue to emerge regarding the end of Briles’ tenure at Baylor.
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