Q&A With New Auburn Commitment

Stephen Atkinson and Jason Caldwell caught up with new Auburn commitment Drew Cole. The junior cornerback from Picayune, Miss., Memorial High School discusses his decision, the role of Will Muschamp and what he likes about the Tigers.

What was the reason for your decision?
Cole: I went all over to the schools in the South and the SEC. After the visits I felt like Auburn was the place for me. I love the defense coach (Will) Muschamp runs, I love the coaching staff and I love the town of Auburn. It's a great school and I think it's the place for me. I'll be a good fit there.

What role did Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp have?
Cole: He played a big role in my decision. I've known him since I was in junior high and I've been going to camps. It's always been a dream of mine to play defensive back for him. He's a close friend with the family and he's like family to us. Coach (Don) Dunn recruited my brother (LSU senior tight end Mit Cole) and he recruited me so it's like a family atmosphere there. I feel like they're my family and that's what I want to be a part of and I want to be a part of a winning tradition. They definitely have that at Auburn.

When did you inform the coaches of your decision?
Cole: I just got off the phone with coach (Tommy) Tuberville (5:15 p.m. CDT, Wednesday) and I talked with coach Muschamp an hour ago.

What was their reaction?
Cole: They were really excited and they felt like I was one of the elite DBs in the country. They are only going to sign about 16 kids this year, so they were really excited for me to commit.

Was the depth at defensive back a factor?
Cole: They need defensive backs, but if they would have been full of defensive backs then I still think that would have been the place for me. If they feel like I can contribute and play my freshman year then that's good. If they don't and they redshirt me, it's up to them and it's their decision. I'm just humbled to have a chance to play for a team like that at a college like that. I don't think the depth chart had much to do with my decision. I'm just grateful that I have a chance to play there.

Was it important for you to get the decision out of the way before your senior year?
Cole: I wanted to get it out of the way because our team goal is to win the state championship and I didn't want anything individual to get in the way of that. So I wanted to get it done and over and concentrate on my team and achieve the goals we've set for our season.

Is it a big relief to have the decision out of the way?
Cole: It's a big relief. I've been favoring Auburn since the start of my recruiting process last year. I finally just came public with it. I went on my last trip to LSU this past weekend and after I got done with it I felt like Auburn is just the place for me and that's where I want to be so I should get the commitment out of the way. So everybody knows I'm going to be a Tiger and I can concentrate on my senior year and we can concentrate on our goals.

Are you planning on camping at Auburn this summer?
Cole: The longest camp is a three-day camp. I'll probably come over there where I can stay a few days and look around the town some more, talk with the coaches and work out. I'll definitely be there for a camp.

How much did it help in making a decision that you had already visited Auburn a number of times?
Cole: I came over last summer to camp and I had a real good camp. I got to get my first impression then. I came back for the first junior day and then at A-Day it kept growing on me. I love the town, I'm a small town kid and Auburn's kind of a small town. I feel like that's the place for me and I feel like it was real important for me to go to Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss and to the places just to see what everybody had to offer before I made my decision. Now that I've seen everything I'm firm in my decision to Auburn and that's not going to change.

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