Alabama Visits Auburn Commitment

Auburn picked up a big commitment when W.S. Neal's 6-4, 285-pound offensive lineman Jared Cooper committed over the weekend. Cooper, a confessed life-long Alabama fan, had been rumored to the Plains all year. It was no surprise when he pulled the trigger for the Tigers, but it was a surprise when new Alabama coach Nick Saban showed up at his house on Monday.

"Man, the last couple of days have just been wild," Jared Cooper said from Brewton, (Ala.). "Coach Saban called me Friday, and that was the first I had heard from them. It was just out of the clear blue. I was really just kind of stunned. I had really just got set on everything, and thought everything was pretty solid. Then, all of sudden they come in. Coach Saban and Coach (Steve) Marshall came by here today, and I was just not expecting it. They offered and said they have a whole new staff and a lot of new things going on."

"We were all very impressed. They had a lot of good things to say. They cleared up a lot of things, but I don't know if I will visit right now or not. I have been a life-long Alabama fan, but right now nothing has changed as far as that (Auburn commitment) goes."

"There is a little emotion involved because I was always an Alabama fan, but I learned a long time ago that you can't be a fan anymore. You have to treat it like a business and that is what I have been doing the last year or so. But, there is a little bit of emotion involved in it," Cooper said of the visit from Alabama.

Cooper talked about pulling the trigger and committing to the Auburn Tigers.

"We just felt like it was something that was time to do," he said. "It had been a long time coming, and it was something we were ready to do. It is just a real homey-type of place. I just really like the people there. Coach Nall, I don't think you are going to find a better o-line coach in the country."

When asked if the Auburn coaches have called to check on the recent turn of events Cooper replied, "No sir, they hadn't. Like I said, that happened last night. I hadn't talked to any coaches so far today, but when they call I will tell them the truth."

Does Cooper have any interest in the University of Alabama?

"Hmm, that is a good question," he said. "I mean they have a lot of good things going right now. They have a whole new crew coming in, and I think in the long run they will be real good."

"I will decide by this weekend whether or not I want to visit. Right now though, I am still committed to Auburn. That hasn't changed."

Stay tuned to Scout.com for the latest news with Jared Cooper.


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