Cornerback Still High on the Tigers

Drew Cole gives an update on recruiting and his senior season at Picayune, Miss., Memorial High School.

Picayune, Miss.--Auburn cornerback prospect Drew Cole gave his verbal commitment to the Auburn coaches on March 28. He was the third verbal of the 2008 class, and tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is firm on his word to the Auburn coaches.

"I've gotten some calls from Stanford," Cole explains. "That's the only place that's been calling me, but I get letters from all over. I pretty much shut the door on the recruiting process. I told the coach from Stanford that I was an Auburn Tiger."

Cole is being recruited by Don Dunn and is also close with defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who recruited his older brother Mit Cole to LSU. Drew Cole says even though he's firm with his commitment he still hears from the Auburn coaches on a weekly basis.

"Every week, just keeping in touch, seeing how I'm doing and making sure my team is winning," Cole notes. "They don't care much about individual stats. They want to know how well I did, but mainly they want to know if I played well enough for the team to win."

He adds that everything is going well his senior season.

"We're 3-1 and we're doing good," he says. "We lost the first game to Moss Point, and they're big-time rivals. They're a good team and we came up a little short. We bounced back against Madison Central, then we beat Slidell and then we beat Pearl River Central."

Cole hauls in a pass.

Auburn loses corners Jonathan Wilhite, Patrick Lee and Zach Gilbert following the 2007 season, but has several young players like Walter McFadden, Ryan Williams and Michael Slade who are hoping for playing time. Cole, as well as commitments George Baker and Blair Irvin, are also possibilities.

"They say corner, either the outside corner or maybe play some of that nickel corner that (Jerraud) Powers plays," Cole says. He's also had to play some other positions this year as a senior.

"I've been playing full-time corner and returning kicks, and then in the second game our running back got hurt, so I've had to play running back, too," he explains. "Against Madison Central I think I had 124 yards and the next week against Slidell I had 157 yards. Then last week our running back came back and I carried seven times for 45 yards."

Cole (6-0, 180) camped at Auburn during the summer and also made the trip for the season opener.

"I went to the Auburn/Kansas State," he says. "It was great. I have been to a lot of Auburn games coming through the recruiting process with my brother and everything. It was good and it's always a good atmosphere in Auburn."

Since then he's been watching Auburn on TV, including the 20-17 victory at Florida.

"I was at the house and excited. I kind of thought they were due for a big win. They had the ball bounce the wrong way sometimes. They were due. Everything was going right for them that game.

"That's about it," he adds. "I'm just playing ball, going to school and keeping my grades up."

Cole isn't going to be at the Auburn game this weekend, but another verbal commitment who is currently in the state of Mississippi, Copiah-Lincoln Community College defensive end Raven Gray, is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend. Gray will watch the Tigers try to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC as Vandy comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff.

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