Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced on Saturday that he’s transferring to the University of Auburn.
On Saturday night, former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced via Twitter that he is transferring to Auburn. He will be eligible to play for the Tigers in July 2017.
Stidham was ESPN’s No. 1 ranked junior college recruit and transferred from Baylor this past July. He hosted Auburn coach Gus Malzahn for an in-home visit, and took multiple visits to the university this year. He was also considering Florida and Texas A&M as other potential options.
In 2015, he threw 12 touchdowns for 1,265 yards as a freshman for Baylor. He started three games, but left following the school’s sexual assault scandal and subsequent firing of Art Briles. He opted to sit out the 2016 season, and took online courses through a Waco community college while he prepared for his next step. He spoke with USA Today shortly before his decision and explained things further.
"I just want to find a great coaching staff; that’s big for me. At Baylor, I was around a lot of good people, and I want to find something like that. That’s a big deal. Also an offense that can put up a lot of points. I want to find a team that is full of good guys on and off the field. A team that I feel like can help me achieve every team goal that I’ve ever wanted — conference championships, Playoffs, national championships."
He recently developed a relationship with Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee, and that was a major factor in him deciding to go there. He will have three seasons of eligibility at Auburn and could be the front-runner to become its starter this spring. He’ll compete with returning quarterback Sean White, who has started nine games this season as a sophomore.