Top247 2015 quarterback Tyler Queen, a top target for Auburn in a key state for the program, committed to the Tigers during an unofficial visit to the school Wednesday.
Tyler Queen visited Auburn on Wednesday with his family.
For the North Cobb (Ga.) standout, the Auburn coaches made the difference.
"I have a great relationship with Coach [Rhett] Lashlee, Coach [Gus] Malzahn and Coach [Tim] Horton," Queen told Auburn Undercover. "They really welcomed me into the Tiger family and made me feel like it was the place for me. That's one of the major things that played into my decision."
The 6-feet-2, 229-pound Queen, a four-star prospect and the No. 11 pro-style QB for 2015 in the 247Composite, chose Auburn over North Carolina. Clemson also was strongly considered.
"It was a tough decision," Queen said. "I have a really close relationship with [North Carolina offensive coordinator] Blake Anderson. He's a great guy. This just felt like the place for me."
Playing in Malzahn's system seemed like a natural fit, according to Queen. His high school team, coached by his father, runs an offense that isn't much different than Auburn's.
"My dad feels like I will excel in this type of offense because it's similar to what we run at our high school," Queen said. "[Malzahn] has a past of producing great quarterbacks and effective ones. They've been able to get the job done and win games. We feel like Coach Malzahn and his staff will give me the tools to be able to excel."
In addition to his relationship with the Auburn staff, Queen cited the school's proximity to home as being a factor.
"It's only like an hour and a half from my house," Queen said. "That's another thing I really like about it."
Wednesday's visit to Auburn was Queen's third to the Plains. On his previous two visits, he was accompanied by his father. This time, Queen's mom also went along so she could meet the staff.
Queen said he knew beforehand if his mother approved, he'd commit Wednesday.
In fact, he has been stocking up on Auburn gear.
"A couple days ago, I bought a T-shirt and a bucket hat," he said.
Queen is one of three quarterbacks visiting Auburn this week, with 2014 signal callers Brandon Harris and Sean White being the others. According to Queen, he is not concerned about which quarterbacks Auburn has on its roster, or who may be coming in for the 2014 class.
"There's going to be competition wherever you go,"Queen said. "It's not really going to bother me if either Brandon or Sean White do commit. I'm going to go there and compete, stay humble and work hard. I'm a competitive person."
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