"It was fun," Coates said. "We did a lot of activities. We had a Heisman presentation. It was real nice. I enjoyed myself."
The 6-foot-2 wide receiver said the team banquet was nice and unique. He especially liked the attention given to the team's seniors.
Another thing that usually attracts players is something that Coates said he enjoyed as well. That was spending time with his future position coach Trooper Taylor.
"He's crazy, I love being around him," Coates said. "It makes me feel like I'm at home."
The Leroy standout said he feels very strong in his commitment to Auburn and that everyone is happy with it.
"Coming from a small school, many of us don't get this kind of chance. It means a lot for my community."
Coates also expressed his excitement for Auburn's season this year and the future, saying, "I'm excited to see the team I'm about to play for play for a national championship."
In winning the Class 2A Back of the Year honors in 2010, Coates had a huge season that he culminated by winning the MVP in the title game win over Reeltown. In 15 games he caught 57 passes for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also added eight rushing touchdowns and two interceptions on defense.