Jarrett Stidham to Auburn: Latest Transfer Details, Comments and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2016

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 05:  Quarterback Jarrett Stidham #3 of the Baylor Bears works out prior to a game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 5, 2015 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Former Baylor Bears quarterback Jarrett Stidham is planning to continue his college football career with the Auburn Tigers. 

Taylor Hamm of 247Sports (via Keith Niebuhr) first reported the news Saturday, and Stidham made the announcement official on Twitter: 

Jarrett Stidham @Jarrett_Stidham

These last 6 months have been crazy and the craziness is finally over. Time to start my next chapter at Auburn University! WAR EAGLE! 🐅 https://t.co/BckaHMO6D3

Stidham has three seasons of eligibility left after spending one year at Baylor. He announced his intention to transfer in July as the program dealt with the aftermath of its sexual-assault scandal.

The Stephenville High School standout was the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2015 class, according to Scout. He also checked in as the third-best quarterback in the nation and the top signal-caller from Texas.

He received sporadic playing time as a true freshman behind starter Seth Russell, but his talent was obvious when he took the reins of the offense after Russell suffered a season-ending neck injury.

In all, he completed 68.8 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions across 10 games, including three starts. His season also came to a premature end, however, as he suffered an ankle injury in late November.

The Bears were again looking at an uncertain quarterback situation heading into 2016, with both Russell and Stidham still on the roster. In turn, then-interim head coach Jim Grobe stated on ESPN 1660 in July he understood the QB's decision (via Max Olson of ESPN.com):

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It's always hard when you have two really talented quarterbacks, because they both want plenty of snaps. Last year, we weren't able to give Jarrett enough snaps, though some injuries affected that. I don't think he was happy backing up Seth Russell, and so he's decided to move on and try to find a place where he can get more snaps.

Now Stidham has found a new home, where he hopes he'll be able to find more consistent playing time after a year on the sidelines. It's never an ideal situation to sit out, but he still has the potential he possessed coming out of high school.

With the Tigers, Stidham should be in the mix for the starting job right away. 

According to Niebuhr, "Stidham, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season, is expected to challenge 2016 starter Sean White for the starting job in the spring."

In regard to the Tigers' future outlook, it's akin to signing a top recruit coming out of high school. The only real difference is that Stidham has already proved he can compete at a high level in college, which makes him an even more promising addition.


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