“It was a real great experience,” Colbert tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I had the chance to interact with some of the best coaches in the game like Deion Sanders, Lavar Arrington, Steve Mariucci and Herm Edwards. It was just nice being around those guys in that atmosphere. Everybody was getting after it and competing with some of the best talent around.”
Throughout the week it was a chance for Colbert to form even more of a bond with several of his future Auburn teammates. On Team Armour with him were linebacker Richard McBryde, safety Kerryon Johnson, offensive lineman Bailey Sharp and wide receiver D’Anfernee McGriff. Getting to spend a lot of time with McBryde and Johnson especially, Colbert said it was a great chance for them to get a head start on life at Auburn.
“It was a chance to compete with some of the other Auburn commitments,” Colbert said. “I’m just trying to get the hang of playing with them before we get to Auburn next year. It was real cool just getting a feel for one another.”
Rated as a four-star outside linebacker by Scout, Colbert played safety during his time at the Under Armour game and that’s where he expects to line up when he gets on the Plains this coming summer in preparation for the 2015 season. It was an opportunity for him to get even more comfortable with the move after playing mostly offense for much of his high school career before taking on a much bigger role defensively as a senior.
“I spent most of my time at safety down there,” Colbert said. “That was real nice because the safety coach down there (Edgar Carson) used to be the DB coach at our high school. It was cool to be able to get coached by him again.”
While he had a strong relationship with former Auburn safeties Coach Charlie Harbison and coordinator Ellis Johnson, Colbert said he’s excited about the move to Will Muschamp’s defense with the Tigers. Already having the opportunity to talk with his new coach in a short conversation, Colbert said he’s looking forward to getting to know Muschamp and Travaris Robinson even better when he takes his visit on Jan. 16.
“I hear that he’s a real good coach,” Colbert said of Muschamp. “Me and him talked and he sounds kind of straightforward. He just told me how he wants to use me in the defensive scheme. He wants to me to play the nickel (fifth defensive back) and the safety. That’s very exciting to me.”
Planning his official visit the same weekend as many of his fellow commitments, Colbert said he’s excited to have the opportunity to be on the campus with many of the guys he got to know during his week at the Under Armour game as well, including five-star defensive end Byron Cowart and others. That’s going to be an opportunity to help sell the program to his fellow recruits, something Colbert is always excited about doing.
“It’s going to be real important,” Colbert said. “We get the chance to just go up there and interact with them right before signing day. That’s big.”