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Rettig bounces back from injury

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Hayden Rettig injured his knee early in his junior season but many programs have still offered including Auburn and he's taking an unofficial visit there this weekend.
Rettig, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound four-star quarterback from Los Angeles Cathedral, said he's serious about playing in the SEC and wants to see if Auburn would be a good fit.
"If it's a really cool place and I feel like I can go there and play and work my butt off and I like the offensive coordinator I would talk to my family about it and see if it's a good place for me," Rettig said. "I know it's a really good education."
So far, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boston College, Purdue, Rutgers and Vanderbilt have offered Rettig, who threw for 824 yards and seven touchdowns in two games this past season.
He said all the time off - and some questions about his return - have made him even hungrier. Rettig, rated No. 123 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com, said he should be ready for all football-related activities on April 1.
"It makes me compete even more," said Rettig, who plans to graduate early. "I'm trying to get myself better and be considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. I'm all for competing against the best. Just because I got hurt doesn't mean I wasn't going to come back and try to be the best.
"Some people turned me down because I got hurt but a lot of people get hurt and they come back. I was close to 1,000 yards after the first two games. I just want to pick a school that's best for me. I just want to make sure I know the system and compete for that spot."
Other than the teams that have offered, Rettig said he's mainly been hearing from Miami, Alabama, Florida State and NC State. After the trip to Auburn, the Los Angeles Cathedral quarterback plans to visit Boston College, Rutgers, USC and UCLA.
His brother, Chase, plays quarterback at Boston College.
"I want to see places where I think I'd fit in with the whole situation," Rettig said.
"I'm going to go hang out with Chase. I've been up (to Boston College) once and it was really, really cool. It was cool to see my brother play and I want to talk to some of the coaches."
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