Keir Thomas (above) is looking strongly at the Auburn Tigers
Miami, Fla.--A pair of teammates committed to Florida State took official visits to check out the Auburn Tigers over the weekend and left impressed by what they saw and heard from the coaching staff.
Four-star safety Jamel Cook and three-star defensive end Keir Thomas from Miami-Central are both potential impact players in Auburn’s defensive scheme under Will Muschamp and Cook said the relationship with Muschamp and secondary coach Travaris Robinson is one thing that really stands out to him about Auburn.
“I liked Auburn,” Cook said. “I liked the visit. I liked the coaches and players. I like the system. It’s a good campus and good school.
“It’s a big huge thing that the guy that is recruiting me (Robinson) would be coaching me also.”
One of the most talented defenders in the country, the 6-4 Cook is a playmaker in the secondary for the Rockets. With a need for those types of players right now in Auburn’s defense he said he got the full court press from Muschamp and Robinson while on his trip.
“That’s what I want to do is play early,” Cook said. “I don’t want to sit. I don’t want to redshirt. I want to get better every day and play as a true freshman and leave in three years.
“They said they see me at corner, safety and receiver,” he added. “Anywhere to make plays.”
Jamel Cook is a talented athlete that could play a number of different positions.
While Cook said he’s 50/50 with his commitment even though Florida State remains his leader and Miami is still in the picture , Thomas is more up in the air as he is just two months from enrolling in school as a mid-year graduate.
With Auburn recruiting him the hardest out of all the schools talking to him, even including Florida State, he said the Tigers were in the picture even before his visit.
“They were already close,” Thomas said. “The thought of doing something (changing is commitment) has been crossed my mind. I just haven’t made a move yet.”
A talented pass rusher that could be a good fit at the Buck linebacker position for the Tigers, the 6-2, 250 Thomas said seeing Carl Lawson back on the field and in that role on Saturday gave him a good feel for what he could do in the defense moving forward.
“I did (pictured himself in the role),” Thomas said. “I watched Carl last year (2013) against Ole Miss and he killed them.
“They said I would be a defensive end or like an outside linebacker and almost always rushing.”
Just like his teammate said when asked about the impact of Muschamp and Robinson on his decision, Thomas said that could be huge for the Tigers when the time comes to make his final choice.
“T Rob is like a father away from home,” Thomas said. “When we came in over the summer with the team he was great. I didn’t know him from a can of paint and he took me in like I was his own.”
Auburn was the first visit for Thomas and he currently doesn’t have any other visits scheduled.