No stranger to being on the Plains after making close to a dozen visits since his commitment in the spring, the 6-3, 205 Colbert said he saw things to like on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers. That was especially the case in the second half when Ellis Johnson’s troops stepped up to the plate to shut out the visitors in the final 30 minutes.
“My boys came together in the second half,” Colbert said. “They started getting stronger and to me it looked like they started communicating a little bit more. (Robenson) Therezie caused the pick and my boy (Jermaine) Whitehead got the interception.”
While the defense stepped up its play late for the Tigers in the 45-21 win, the offense showed up early under the direction of sophomore Jeremy Johnson. Colbert said that he was impressed by what he saw from his future teammate.
“I thought it was going to be a little sluggish at first without Nick Marshall at quarterback, but Jeremy Johnson held his own. He impressed me a whole lot. I didn’t really get a chance to see him too much until then.”
Another future teammate who had a big influence on Colbert sticking with his commitment to the Tigers won’t be able to suit up this season, but it hasn’t kept him from making an early impact on his coaches and teammates. Physical safety Tray Matthews played last season at Georgia and has always been someone Colbert looked up to. Now that he’s on the Plains, Matthews has Colbert more sure than ever of his choice to be a Tiger.
“It’s going to be so much fun because one of the reasons I committed to Auburn was the family atmosphere,” Colbert said. “Going down there for visits and being around there was big for me. One of the things that was making me lean towards going to Georgia a little bit was Tray Matthews.
“Me and him are good friends and he was in my head about going to Georgia a whole lot. When he moved to Auburn is made it even more perfect. I already loved the family atmosphere and then one of my biggest bros transferred over. I just can’t wait to play together.”
Matthews is just one of a large group of players Colbert already has a good relationship with as he gets ready to play for the Tigers in 2015. Bonding with the players and coaches on his many visits, he said seeing them do so well on the field only makes him more anxious to get to Auburn and start his career.
“I feel like I’ve got a personal relationship with them because all of them reach out to me when I come to Auburn,” Colbert said. “It pumps me up even more to know that I’m going to be able to be part of that next year.”
Colbert and his Griffin High team got off to a strong start with a 47-7 victory over Henry County last Friday night and will travel to Burke County for one of the biggest games on the schedule in the regular season.