Auburn climbed into the MVP of 2023 on Saturday when Brock Glenn committed to Ohio State, but the attention of Brian Harsin and his staff turned to the 2024 quarterback group over the Big Cat weekend.
Auburn hosted two of its top 15 2024 quarterbacks this weekend in four-star Air Noland and Adrian Posse. The Tigers finished the day with a commitment from one of their own, as Posse pulled the trigger during the program’s summer recruiting event – becoming Harsin’s second 2024 commitment of the day.
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While Boss – the country’s 13th quarterback – made his decision on Saturday, Noland said his commitment had no bearing on his appointment, adding that the Auburn coach’s staff had conveyed to him that they would likely take their quarterbacks into the 2024 class.
“I was happy for him, you know,” Noland said of Buss. “Midfielders, it’s a tough process going through hiring. Seeing a kid stick in my class, just talking to him and chopping him up afterwards was fun.”
Noland has been ranked the 15th quarterback in the 2024 class and one of the top 200 players in the country. Noland, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, of Fairborn, Georgia, has made several visits to Auburn already and said “of course” Tigers are among the top schools he has in mind.
“Recruitment, you know, is getting crazy but I’m narrowing it down a little bit,” Noland said.
He didn’t provide a timetable for when things would go down further, or when a decision might come, but Auburn remains a serious contender for him – especially if the program really intends to take quarterbacks into that course. Miami Schools, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest are other schools he said he is currently considering.
While Noland watched Posse make his commitment during Big Cat Weekend, Auburn’s coaches had their own message to Noland.
“They said, keep your head straight,” Noland said. “Despite (Posse’s) commitment, even if I wanted to come to a school like Auburn, with Posse, I would have competition with him.”
Even with one of his fellow 2024 quarterbacks hopping on board with Auburn, Noland said he enjoyed the atmosphere and the experience during Big Cat Weekend. He said it was refreshing to spend time with the coaching staff outside of football, with the opportunity to introduce his parents to the staff and strengthen relationships.
“It was just a positive feedback today,” he said.
Not only did Noland accompany his parents to the Plains, but many of his Langston Hughes High teammates also attended – including four-star offensive tackle Bo Hughley, Georgia commit, and four-star tight end Jelani Thurman, Ohio State commit. Auburn has been working on the heart of both Heigley, the nation’s 13th offensive tackle and a top 100 player in the 2023 class, and Thurman, seventh and 106th inductee in the country, massively recruiting a talented player. Langston Hughes List.
So, while recruiting has been hectic for Noland, he’s also shifting his focus to his junior season. Langston Hughes began pre-season training last week, and Monday will celebrate their first day on the podiums as they prepare for a season with title aspirations.
“Man, you know, all the talent – the team has to come together at the end of the day, play games 1-0 at a time, like Auburn here,” Noland said of his team. “Go 1-0 in every game, don’t lose sight of any opponent, take it game by game until you reach that state championship.”
Tom Green is the Auburn Beat correspondent for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed