After losing the Auburn starting quarterback job to Bo Nix, former blue chip recruit Joey Gatewood plans to continue his college career elsewhere. Last week, it was reported that he was leaving the Auburn program.
Gatewood attempted just one pass in 2018 as a true freshman, maintaining four years of eligibility entering this season. He was 5-of-7 for 54 yards and two touchdowns as the backup to Nix this season, and showed off his running ability, with 126 yards and two scores on the ground. 102 rushing yards and both scores came on 12 attempts against Kent State.
The dual-threat player out of Jacksonville could stay in the SEC, even with his move from Auburn. According to a report by Kentucky Sports Radio, he will be in Lexington this weekend for Kentucky vs. Tennessee.
On his radio show, Matt Jones said that he thinks UK is the leader to land Gatewood. From KSR:
KSR’s own Matt Jones reported on his radio show this morning that Gatewood, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and No. 36 overall player in the class of 2018, will be on campus this weekend for Kentucky’s matchup against Tennessee.
Yesterday on Kentucky Sports Radio, Jones teased the potential transfer, saying that Kentucky had a “very good shot” at landing the former four-star prospect.
“It does look like the transfer thing is out,” Jones said. “It’s Joey Gatewood, the quarterback from Auburn that is transferring because Bo Nix has that job in perpetuity. He is looking at a number of schools, but I’m here to tell you, Kentucky is right there for him. Not just in the mix, and I’m not saying we’re the leader, I’m just telling you this is not just a list of schools and Kentucky is one of them. I’m telling you Kentucky is in. They have a very good shot at getting him. That doesn’t mean they will, and I’m not making a prediction, but I’m telling you it’s serious interest.”
Kentucky, which sits at 4-4 on the season, has dealt with myriad quarterback issues this fall. Starter Terry Wilson was knocked out for the season with a torn left patellar tendon in early September. Sawyer Smith, the primary backup, dealt with a shoulder injury of his own and missed a number of games, though he did come in and attempt a pass against Mizzou on Oct. 26.
In their absence, Lynn Bowden Jr. has served as the team’s primary quarterback. A wide receiver by trade, he now has 188 passing yards, a team-high 598 rushing yards, and still leads the team with 348 receiving yards on the season. He has thrown and caught one touchdown each, and run for four on the season.
Per 247Sports, Joey Gatewood was the No. 49 recruit in the 2018 recruiting class.