Auburn "Still Number One" For Colbert

Four-star defender Jordan Colbert talks about his visit to see Auburn practice on Saturday and why the Tigers are in the lead.

Griffin, Ga.--A talented and athletic defender, four-star Jordan Colbert has been a frequent visitor to Auburn this spring. Back on Saturday to check out Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers in a spring scrimmage, Colbert said it was a big day for him to see his favorite school in action once again.

"It was very good," Colbert said. "I got the chance to finally watch them practice. Every time I go there it's either for a junior day or a football game. It was a good time for me to see how they go about things practice-wise.

"The tempo was fast, but when I talked to Coach Malzahn he said the tempo wasn't how he wanted it to be," he added. "He wanted it to be a little faster. I can adjust to it though because our offensive coordinator got the tempo from Auburn and basically most of the plays we run."

One of the reasons for coming back to Auburn again was to be able to sit down with Coach Charlie Harbison and find out the ways he could be used in the defense. Using a versatile scheme under direction of Defensive Cooridinator Ellis Johnson, Auburn features a pair of safeties and a hybrid safety/linebacker in its base defense. Athletic enough to play all three of those spots, Colbert noted that he feels like Auburn is a good fit for him.

"I could see myself fitting in the defense," Colbert said. "I was with Coach Cheese (Harbison) and we were going over the film. I was right next to him as he was grading the scrimmage. He was telling me where I could fit in. I've got a good idea where I could best fit in.

"How they move around their safeties, one of them is like a linebacker," he added of the "star" position. "He told me he wants me to be able to play all three positions. It would give me a better chance to get on the field early if I can learn all three of them when I get down there. It's not that far from home either so if I do decide to go there it won't be that hard for me to come on weekends to get a head start on practice and watching film and stuff."

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While his final decision is still up in the air, there is no question Auburn is front and center on Colbert's mind as he enters the spring evaluation period for college coaches. With only a return trip to Auburn for the April 19 spring game in his plans, he said the Tigers are the solid leader.

"They are still number one right now," Colbert said. "It's just the atmosphere. It's nothing like I see in all the other schools I have been to. Then the coaches make it like a family oriented type of deal. They want you to succeed more in life, not just in football. They want you to leave as a man and you're going to leave with a degree. They have been getting that in my head."

Not planning to make a final decision until his appearance at an all-star game January, Colbert said Auburn is continuing to pick up steam in his mind with schools such as Tennessee and Florida State a distant second for him.

"They have been stretching away slowly but surely," Colbert said. "I'm going to make my decision during the Under Armour game. It's a possibility I could do it earlier, but right now I'm going to wait for the game."

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