Los Angeles, Cal.—Already rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, 6-3, 205 Hayden Rettig
from Cathedral High is the younger brother of Boston College
quarterback Chase Rettig
and is quickly making his own name in the recruiting world.
With a family history of playing the position and also of checking out schools and looking for the right fit no matter the distance away from home, Rettig will take an unofficial visit this weekend to Auburn to check out Gene Chizik's Tigers.
While he's not exactly sure of what to expect when he arrives in Auburn late on Friday, Rettig said he already has some idea of the football the Tigers play. Because of that he feels like he could bring something to the table if he chooses to stay on the Plains and play his football in 2013.
"What I know of Auburn is really the Tiger Walk song by T Will (Travis Williams) and Cam Newton," Rettig said. "I also know about the tradition by watching the SEC story where they put the Cam Newton jersey on the Bear Bryant statue. I know it's a really good football place. I don't know if they've really had a true passing quarterback at Auburn, now that I've known of. You're not going to find that many Cam Newton's in the world. He's such a freakish athlete."
Holding offers from Auburn, Arizona State, Boston College, Purdue, Rutgers, UCLA and Vanderbilt early in the recruiting process, Rettig said that he's looking forward to getting his first in-person experience at Auburn this weekend. One of the reasons for that is Auburn's new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.
Known for producing quarterbacks from his time coaching players such as Tom Brady, John Navarre and Tom Brady, Rettig said he's excited about the chance to get to know more about Loeffler and Auburn because he feels like he could bring something big to the table in Auburn's new offense.
"Coach Loeffler is a good guy," Rettig said. "I have talked to him on the phone, but I haven't really had any one-on-one experiences with him. I'll be doing that this weekend and that should be a good thing.
"When I watched Alabama on TV they mostly ran the ball and only threw it when they needed a first down," Rettig added about the style of play in the league. "A lot of them (SEC teams) are ground attack. I feel like if we could put the ball in the air we could do some damage on some teams."
Already with plenty of options from schools from coast to coast, Rettig said at the moment he doesn't have one favorite even though a couple of schools were worth mentioning.
"It's still too early I think," Rettig said. "I like Rutgers and they have a good program. I know their offensive coordinator (Dave Brock) really well, he's like family. Auburn is really like a top school for football. I would really want a couple of top schools up there for football because I want to win championships. They're up in the Top Five at least."
Coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for much of his junior year, Rettig has had plenty of time to sit and think about what he's looking for in a school. He's also had plenty of chances to watch his brother handle the stress of playing Division I football.
Before that though he watched his older brother go through the stress of recruiting before ultimately choosing Boston College. With that knowledge and experience Rettig said he has a very good idea of what he's looking for in a school and also a football program.
"He was really smart about it," Rettig said. "He said you want to be in a family environment and that's what Boston College was for him. He wanted to go to a place where if he got hurt it would still be the right place for him. He chose Boston College because of the family environment and the good education.
"Right now that's kind of what I feel like at Auburn," he added. "It's just like a family environment and everybody is really nice. It sounds like they take care of their kids. It's something I want to look more into."
No matter where he winds up in the end the standout quarterback said that he hopes to find a place he can call home. Knowing that it will be his home away from home once he gets to college, Rettig said finding a place that speaks to him is the ultimate goal and one he hopes to begin getting answers to beginning this weekend at Auburn.
"I just want to feel like the campus is home to me," Rettig said. "Being a Southern California kid, when I went to high school I was being recruited and deciding if I wanted to go here or there. The first school I saw was a good place, but just wasn't home for me. I just want a good environment where everyone is nice to you and takes football as seriously as I do even if they don't play it."
2013 Four-Star QB prospect Hayden Rettig discusses his upcoming Auburn visit and what he's looking for in a school.