Auburn listed among top destinations for Michigan State QB Payton Thorne
The spring window of the transfer portal has now come to a close, which means that it is time for head coaches everywhere to pull out all the stops in an effort to upgrade their roster for the upcoming season.
That includes Auburn’s Hugh Freeze.
The transfer portal selection for quarterbacks has been thin so far, but two late entries into the portal could make things interesting over the next few weeks, especially when it comes to Nebraska‘s Casey Thompson and Michigan State‘s Payton Thorne.
Thompson was reportedly on campus for a visit last weekend, but with Thorne’s 11th-hour entry, Freeze may take time to evaluate the best option.
As the window closes, Mike Farrell Sports has examined Thorne’s options and has come up with a list of the five best possible destinations. Included in writer Mike Huesmann’s list was Auburn.
I expected Hugh Freeze and the new-look Tigers to get a big-name QB through the portal in the winter but that didn’t happen. Will it happen now? I don’t know but if I had to pick between bringing in another QB via the portal or throwing all my money on Robby Ashford, I’d bet the house on another guy coming in.
In three seasons at Michigan State, Thorne has passed for 6,493 yards and 49 touchdowns. He has also accumulated 270 yards rushing on 167 attempts. As a high school recruit, Thorne was a three-star dual-threat quarterback out of the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois. He was the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback of the 2019 class and was the No. 20 prospect from the state of Illinois. Several notable quarterbacks from the class include former Tiger Bo Nix, LSU‘s Jayden Daniels, and TCU’s Max Duggan.
Other possible destinations for Thorne according to Mike Farrell Sports include Illinois, Virginia, Oklahoma State, and Minnesota.
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