That meant a slowing down of many of the recruiting calls, texts and tweets that come when players are still trying to find out their future. Being able to sit back and relax was huge for Colbert and he said it’s something that has been important for him as he heads into his senior season.
“It took a lot of weight off my shoulders because I don’t have to worry about what colleges I’m visiting this summer or where I’m going this week or next week,” Colbert said. “I don’t know how other recruits feel, but once your head gets caught up in all the recruiting stuff it can make you lose it.
"You forget your main focus which is your high school. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to get it over with. Now me and my team are striving to be defending champs and win another state championship.”
While Griffin is looking for another title, the same is true of his future team. Coming off the SEC Championship in 2013 and just seconds away from the national championship, Auburn has become a home away from home for the talented defender and he said it’s all about relationships with him.
“The family atmosphere is different when I go to Auburn,” Colbert said. “There is never a dull moment. I stress every time that I have an interview that there is no place like Auburn. Every time I say that I have never lied because there is really no place like it. I have a relationship with a lot of people on the team right now.
“At first in the recruiting process I had a bond with the coaches, but the rest of the team took me in. I haven’t even signed my letter of intent yet and I feel like I’m part of the family. I get texts every week from players asking me what I’m doing and if I’m coming up there this weekend. It’s just great.”
It has been a busy summer for Colbert as he has spent a lot of time with his teammates getting a jump on the season. The work in the weight room and on the field has been important for Colbert because he’s got some additional duties as a senior. Seeing time at linebacker, he is also going to get the chance to play safety and even some running back this fall. So far the transition has gone well, but he knows there is plenty of work still to be done.
“Right now I’m very confident in my footwork, but I feel like I can get a little bit better because I’m transitioning a lot from linebacker to safety this year,” Colbert said. “Something else I want to work on a little bit more also is my pad level."
With his versatility on display this season for Griffin High, Colbert should bring those same qualities to the table when he gets to Auburn in a year. Getting a head start on what the Tigers do on defense because of what his high school team is doing this fall, he said it os going to be fun to see how the fit works for him and his team.
“The defense we run is actually Auburn’s defense,” Colbert said. “We try not to get leveraged. We talked about it and he basically said it’s like Auburn’s defense and that’s why he wants me more as a linebacker/safety type.”