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Drew Cole discusses his visit to Auburn and a big game for his high school team this week.

Picayune, Miss.--Drew Cole was in Auburn on Saturday to check out his future football team, but this week he is concentrating on one of the big games of his senior season.

The AU verbal commitment and his 7-1 Picayune Memorial High School team have a showdown coming up on Friday night for the district title against D'Iberville. "We are tied in our district," the cornerback says. "This game is for the district championship. The winner of the game is the one seed for the playoffs and the loser is a two seed."

Commenting on his trip to Auburn to see the Tigers defeat Ole Miss 17-3, he says, "The visit went great. I always love being over there and it was good to see them beat a Mississippi team."

The defensive back says he enjoying spending time with several other Auburn commitments.

"I know Vance (AU commitment tight end Vance Smith) real well," Cole says. "I see him every time I go over there. I met Barrett Trotter, the quarterback commitment, on my trip there and we hung out with Vance. He is a nice guy and Vance is always a cool guy to hang out with. I got to talk to Coach (Will) Muschamp and Coach (Don) Dunn.

"Coach Muschamp just told me to keep up the good work," Cole notes. "I phone him every Friday night after my games or text him. He likes to keep up with my stats and mainly make sure we are winning. We are going to try to do that again this week against an undefeated team."

Despite being injured earlier this year, Cole says he feels good about his final season as a high school football player. "I have been getting better as the season goes along," he says. "Last week when we played Long Beach I had seven tackles and two interceptions in that game so I have been having a good season. I think as the season has gone on, it has been getting better."

Playing cornerback, he has 43 1/2 tackles with 13 pass breakups and two interceptions while rushing for 532 yards at 8.6 yards per carry and eight touchdowns as a running back in a Wing-T offense.

Drew Cole

Earlier this year he was also his team's punt returner, but he isn't currently handling that assignment. "My longest return I had was about 60 yards, but two weeks ago I cracked my hand and tore some ligaments in my thumb so I haven't been returning any punts," he points out. "They said after the season I may have to have surgery, but it is just a minor surgery. They said it is real common with athletes.

"Ever since I was a little, it has always been a habit to carry the ball in my left hand," he adds. "Luckily, I broke my right hand. The splint they made me only goes over my thumb and the joints I tore the ligaments in so I still have full use to the rest of my hands. It is a little different, but I am getting used to it."

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