“They are No. 1,” Coe said. “That’s for sure. They are great and they are planning on winning a national championship, they’re not too far from it. I talked to some of the coaches about degrees and they’ll make sure I get a degree and make sure I graduate. Even if I go pro they’ll want me to come back and graduate still.
“I didn’t expect this,” he added of what stood out about Auburn. “It’s great. It’s better than what I thought. I love the coaching staff. I love the campus. It’s not too far away. It’s all about time management. I love how they set up the plays and how I would fit in.”
At 6-5 and nearly 260 pounds Coe has the ability to play outside at defensive end or eventually move inside to tackle in auburn’s scheme. That’s something he said Coach Rodney Garner talked to him about if he were to become a Tiger. As for what he thought of Garner, Coe said what’s not to like?
“Coach Garner is a great coach,” Coe said. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s improving and making the defensive line better. He’s taking them to the next level. He’s a great coach.”
Getting the chance to spend time with the coaches was just one part of the visit that stood out to Coe as he also got the chance to hang out with many of Auburn’s current players on Thursday night. With Devaroe Lawrence serving as his unofficial host Coe said it was great to get feedback from guys who are already on campus.
“The players love it there,” Coe said. “They know what they do on the field and when it’s time to play it’s time to play. They all get a degree, all of them. That’s what I want too.”
Also getting the chance to see Auburn’s Wellness Center on campus that is used for student activities, Coe said that really stood out to him as well because of what all is has inside.
“It’s great,” Coe said. “I love the dorms and everything about it. I went to the place with the pool and rock climbing and weight room (student activities building) and it was amazing. I have never seen that before.”
With Auburn firmly at the top following his visit Coe said he still doesn’t have a timetable for his decision. He plans to take official visits to Auburn, North Carolina and Virginia Tech with his final two undecided.