Bateman Has Awesome Visit To Auburn

One of the top quarterback prospects in the country, Cooper Bateman talks about his visit to Auburn and talking with Coach Scot Loeffler.

Salt Lake City, Utah—One of the top quarterback prospects in the country, four-star Cooper Bateman is making the rounds in the Southeastern Conference this week. After visiting LSU and Alabama Sunday through Tuesday, the #4 quarterback in the country according to Scout.com was on the Auburn campus for two days to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Taking the time to sit down with Auburn new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as well as check out the facilities, campus, and city, Bateman said everything about the visit was above and beyond what he expected.

"The place was awesome," Bateman said. "I was there a little bit before 7:00 this morning sitting through meetings. Coach Loeffler, the offensive staff, it was awesome. I got to see the campus. I got to see everything Auburn offers. It was an experience, no doubt."

Known for producing quality quarterbacks at every stop, Loeffler has been around guys like Tom Brady, John Navarre and most recently Tim Tebow at Florida. With his history at the position and still a young energetic coach, Bateman said Loeffler has everything a player could look for in a coach.

"Coach Loeffler -- what an awesome guy," Bateman said. "Phone calls only go so far and that's what I've had mostly with him. Out of all the recruiters I talk to, I've definitely had the most conversations on the phone with Coach Loeffler. But words only go so far. Meeting him in person was awesome. I'm glad I got that opportunity and I'm glad I got to sit through his meetings.

"The way he carries himself, I love it. He's a high energy guy. Seeing him out on the practice field, he lets you know where you stand, what you did wrong. He will get in your face but at the same time, he'll tell you what you did right. I love that about him."

With Auburn in spring practice it gave Bateman and his mom a chance to see the Tigers on the field. Watching Kiehl Frazier, Clint Moseley and Zeke Pike go through the paces on the field for Loeffler, Bateman said he likes the way Auburn goes about its work and he also likes the play of the quarterbacks.

"It was awesome that I got the opportunity to come sit through practice," It was nice in the morning. It wasn't that 90-degree heat we experienced before this.

"I think they have great quarterbacks," he added. "Zeke Pike, who they took in the previous class, what a stud he is. I feel that would be my competition coming into this. Getting an opportunity to see him on the field today, he's a big kid. He's a presence out there, strong arm, tough competition."

As a junior at Cottonwood High last fall Bateman had a big season as he threw for 2,484 yards and 25 touchdowns. That play and his size (6-3, 205), as well as one of the strongest arms in the country, has schools from all over trying to get a commitment from him.

With a possible visit left to Washington following a visit to Florida this weekend, Bateman said that after that trip he plans to begin cutting down his list to a workable group before making a decision prior to his senior year.

"As things stand right now Washington is the last visit I will make unless we find the time to get out and see Cal Berkeley. I would love that opportunity to see Coach (Marcus) Arroyo and everything they have to offer. At this point I don't know if that's going to happen. After the visit to Washington is when I'll sit down and get the pros and cons. I already have them for the schools I have visited, but I'll sit down and further evaluate them. Ultimately I'll come to my final decision.

"The trend these days for quarterbacks is to commit early," he added. "That's the trend I'll be following, not because that's what people do, but because I feel it's the right thing to do. You get your decision out of the way before your senior season and all the distractions out of the way. It's for our team's benefit."


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