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July 10, 2013- -
AUBURN | Tyler Queen knew well before his visit to Auburn on Wednesday that his mind was made up.
The North Cobb (Ga.) 2015 quarterback already held offers from Auburn, Miami (FL), Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina and more, but his heart had already found a home.
After two previous visits to Auburn, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Queen pulled the trigger and gave head coach Gus Malzahn the good news. He was an Auburn Tiger.
"It's the feel -- like nothing I've ever felt before," Queen told AuburnSports.com. "I came for the first visit and got a taste of it and came again and talked to players, it's a place I want to be a part of and I knew early on I wanted to commit and get it out of the way.
"I knew weeks ago, I just had to get my mom on campus. I knew when she said yes, I was in. As soon as I left the campus of North Carolina the last camp, I didn't feel as strongly about any other place. I knew then it was time to make my decision.
"It's a great feeling and I'm confident and happy in my decision."
National Signing Day 2015 is well over one year away. That's more than enough time for prospects to change their mind once or twice. But Queen is adamant his decision is solid and secure.
"I'm one of those kids that doesn't believe in decommitting," said Queen. "If you tell a coach you are committing, you need to stick to your word. I'm an honest and trustworthy person and unless something drastic happens, this is my decision."
Queen was recruited to Auburn by Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Relationships and a high-tempo offense led by Malzahn were significant factors for Queen.
"They were always picking up when I'd call, we built a great relationship and it was something I really loved about this place. It played a big role," Queen said.
"To play under an offensive guru like Coach Malzahn was a major factor. In film study, everything they run we run a version of and I'm comfortable with that attack."
Nobody understands the pressures and demands placed on the quarterback position than Queen. Leadership and poise are paramount. Those demands are present on the football field and the recruiting trail.
The quarterback has to lead the way in both arenas. Queen covets and welcomes that role.
"Coach Malzahn said he's going to let me take ownership of that," Queen said. "The quarterback is the one you blame if you lose and you praise if you win. I feel like I'm ready to take that role.
"I'm staying in the ear of some kids from Georgia. They are competitive and my hope is to build the number one class for Auburn in 2015. I feel like I have a ways to go but I can make progress and impact this school and Auburn family. It's a blessing and humbling experience."
As a sophomore, Queen threw for 2,607 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 942 yards and 20 touchdowns leading North Cobb to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Georgia High School Association AAAAAA state semifinals.