Summer Camper Cole Checks Out Tigers

Auburn commitment Drew Cole comments on a variety of subjects after camping at AU.

Picayne, Miss.--Speedy defensive back Drew Cole says he enjoyed his visit to an Auburn University football camp this week.

Cole, an Auburn verbal commitment for the 2008 signing class, finished up his visit to AU on Tuesday.

"I came to the camp to work on getting my feet quicker as well as the kick slides and the one-hand jams," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am just learning from the Auburn coaches."

One of the coaches he got to work out with is Will Muschamp, the Auburn defensive coordinator, who also coaches the secondary.

"Coach Muschamp pretty much likes me at corner, but wherever they need me that is where I want to play," Cole says.

The speedy defensive back says he currently checks in at 6-0, 181 pounds. He has been clocked at 4.41 in the 40 and has a best time of 10.7 in the 100 meters. "I ran track this spring, but just in two meets before I pulled a hamstring," he notes. "I had to sit out to be ready for spring (football) training."

Commenting on what he hopes to improve as a senior, Cole says, "I have just been working out and working on the little things and getting bigger and stronger and a getting little faster. I am working on my technique."

The Tiger commitment says he is looking forward to this fall. "We have a lot of people coming back this season. We were 11-1 last year and got put out in the third round of the playoffs so I think we are going to be pretty good. We have got some young guys who are going to have to step in for us."

Cole is expected to be busy as a senior.

Cole should have plenty of opportunities to help his team win games. In addition to playing cornerback, he will also line up at wide receiver, running back and will be a return man.

"Last year I just returned kickoffs, but this year I will return punts, too," he says. "Last year we didn't return any punts. We tried to block punts and our guy would call a fair catch. I think I blocked one punt last year."

Following his football season, he hopes to get a head start on the Auburn experience. "I am on schedule to graduate in December," he says. "Everything looks good now."

Even though he committed to the Tigers in March, other colleges haven't thrown in the towel just yet. "I love it in Auburn," he says. "I feel good about my decision that Auburn is the best place for me.

"There are a few other schools out there still trying to recruit me like Stanford, Mississippi State and LSU, but I am coming to Auburn and I am going to be a Tiger."

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