Birthday Commitment: Icing On Colbert's Cake

Auburn's newest public commitment, Jordan Colbert, talks about what made his birthday special.

Jordan Colbert's 17th birthday is one he will probably never forget.

Early in the day he qualified for the Georgia high school state track and field championships in Macon with an outstanding leap of 44 feet, one inch in the triple jump and then qualified in the high jump by going six feet, four inches.

After that he and his family packed up, headed to Auburn where the four-star football prospect committed, in person, to AU head football coach Gus Malzahn and many of Malzahn's assistants as they shared birthday cake and a lot of laughs, the prospect noted.

"The only coach I didn't see was Coach (Rhett) Lashlee," said Colbert. "I think he was out recruiting."

Colbert, an outside linebacker who will like play safety or the "star" rover position at Auburn, noted that he originally planned to wait until the Under Armour All-American Game in January to announce he was going to play for the Tigers. However, another Auburn commitment, quarterback Tyler Queen, convinced the Griffin High star it made sense to commit early and help recruit his future Auburn teammates.

"Talking to Tyler Queen, he has got a way with words," Colbert said with a laugh. "Plus, I wanted to do something new. Not too many people have committed on their birthday. I wanted to do it as a birthday present for me and for the Auburn Family."

Colbert said he has several prime targets from the state of Georgia he will be working on to join him at Auburn--Macon County High four-star linebacker Roquan Smith from Montezuma and four-star safety Rashad Roundtree from Lakeside High in Evans.

Additionally, three-star defensive end Nick Dawson from Eagles Landing Christian in McDonough is another recruit that Colbert said he has a good relationship with in the state of Georgia.

"I have got Nick Dawson, he just doesn't have the Auburn offer yet," Colbert said. "He is waiting on that and when he gets one he is going to commit to Auburn.

"I think I have a very good chance with Roquan and Rashad," he added.

Jordan Colbert helped Griffin win the Georgia Class AAAA state championship last season.

Colbert said it is exciting to have his decision made in a public manner and doing it with his mother and father, his 18-year-old sister and seven-month-old brother plus two high school teammates, is the icing on the cake.

"I finally had the big hooray and having it on my birthday is a very good feeling," he said. "It's the greatest feeling ever and it means the world to me."

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