Auburn Football: Why Clint Moseley's Departure Is Good for Recruiting

Brett MixonContributor IJanuary 9, 2013

Clint Moseley looks downfield against Arkansas. Photo credit: Todd Van Emst / Auburn Athletics
Clint Moseley looks downfield against Arkansas. Photo credit: Todd Van Emst / Auburn Athletics

News broke on Wednesday evening that junior quarterback Clint Moseley will be transferring from the Auburn football program. The news was first reported by Justin Hokanson of 

BREAKING: Junior QB Clint Moseley leaving the #Auburn football program, has learned @rivals

— Justin Hokanson (@JHokanson) January 10, 2013

Although Moseley signed with the Tigers' 2009 recruiting class with former head coach Gene Chizik and Gus Malzahn, who was then the Tigers offensive coordinator, he was never the right dual-threat QB that has proven to be the perfect fit in Malzahn's offense. Moseley would likely have been the third QB on the depth chart in 2013, behind Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier. 

Moseley started seven games in his Auburn career, going 2-5. In his Auburn career (2009-2011), he threw for 1,173 yards with six touchdowns as well as six interceptions. Although Moseley's decision to leave the team had been rumored for weeks, the decision came as a surprise to Moseley's father (via Phillip Marshall,

"I'm still in shock," said Dean Moseley, Clint Moseley's father. "I had no idea. It was his decision."

Dean Moseley said his son will not transfer.

"He's going to stay at Auburn and get his degree," Dean Moseley said. "It's still 'War Eagle' as far as I'm concerned."

Despite the fact that Moseley's exit leaves Auburn with only two scholarship QBs for spring practice, which begins in just a couple of months, his departure will prove to be a good thing in terms of the 2013 recruiting class. 

Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson, a 4-star recruit, says that he is a solid commitment to the Tigers.  However, it has to concern the coaching staff a little that Johnson is going on an official visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 18, according to Wesley Sinor of

Moseley's departure should shore up any lingering doubts that Johnson has, and it opens the door a little wider for Johnson to get immediate playing time in 2013 for the Tigers. 

Four-star recruit Jason Smith of McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala. also expects to get an early shot at QB in fall camp. 

Aside from Johnson and Smith, the departure of Moseley opens another scholarship for the 2013 recruiting class. Before Moseley's exit, Auburn had room for approximately 21 scholarships for the 2013 class to reach the 85-scholarship limit. Auburn will now have room to honor 22 scholarships in the upcoming recruiting class that will ink their names to Auburn on national signing day, Feb. 6. 

Auburn does not have to use that scholarship on another QB, but if it does, keep an eye out on JUCO QB Nick Marshall out of Garden City Community College in Kansas. The Tigers have turned the heat up on the dual-threat QB and former UGA DB since Malzahn and his staff took over. 

Moseley was a class act and represented Auburn the right way, and Auburn fans will wish him nothing but the best in his future as he completes his degree. 

When it comes to what his exit means for the upcoming recruiting class, there are nothing but positives.