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The maturation of 4-star quarterback and Auburn commit Joey Gatewood

Will he play quarterback in college?

That’s the number one question I hear about Joey Gatewood.

The second question is always: “how’s his attitude?”

Joey Gatewood is one of the many college-bound quarterbacks I privately train. I’ve worked with him for over a year and have known him longer than that. I have seen how he has matured and I know who he is as a person.

I am more than qualified to answer both of these questions.

Will he play quarterback in college? 

He won’t just play quarterback, he will be a dominant QB in the SEC. God was in a great mood the day he made Joey. Joey Gatewood is an athletic freak the likes of which the SEC hasn’t seen behind center since Cam Newton – who just so happens to be Joey’s favorite player.

Joey suffered through the same affliction most phenoms do at an early age – he didn’t have to do a whole lot to be much better than everyone else he was playing against. And let’s be honest here, at 13, 14 years old, how many of us really think about going “above and beyond?”

If I could’ve been the best player on the field just by walking onto it when I was 15, that’s exactly what I would’ve done.

As a QB, Joey Gatewood has done a complete 180-degree swing in the last 10 months. Joey works very hard. He is the kind of young man that I now have to tell to stop.

If I would let him, Joey would work all day and then come back the next day for more.

What excites me about his future is his thirst for knowledge. Joey wants to know the “whys” not just the “hows” of playing the position. When you find the combination of his talent level with that level of interest, you have something that can become very special.

Auburn fans should be extremely excited about the high school that Joey has attended the last four years as well. Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Florida has consistently developed QBs for over a decade. Kyle Parker (Clemson), Nathan Peterman (Buffalo Bills), PJ Blazejowski (Furman) and Jordan Smith (Gardner Webb) were their last four starters. All of these guys successfully made the transition to college.

Bartram Trail has a great head coach in Darrell Sutherland, and a QB coach, Rod McKee, who does a phenomenal job grooming quarterbacks.

Standing 6-foot-5, weighing 235-pounds with angle-beating speed describes Joey Gatewood the athlete. His arm strength is SEC caliber now. He has a good football IQ and improved accuracy. That’s how I’d describe Joey Gatewood the quarterback.

I’m excited to see what his time at Auburn produces. I have such high expectations for him that I’m not willing to put them in writing because I don’t want to put that pressure on a 17-year-old just beginning his senior year in high school.

Joey Gatewood’s attitude

To understand Joey’s attitude, it’s important to know who Joey is not. Joey isn’t an overly social guy. If you give Joey the chance, he would prefer to be alone or with a small group where he isn’t the center of attention.

A spotlight was thrown onto Gatewood at a very young age and he learned some valuable lessons that most of us are never faced to learn at any age. Remember, he had major FBS offers as a sophomore.

Don’t mistake Joey’s personality for arrogance or laziness or apathy. Joey is the opposite of all of those things. If you want to know the true character of this young man, consider these three examples:

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