Mobile Commits Get Visit From Chizik

Chizik talked to a pair of prospects about Auburn's new coaching staff and other subjects.

Mobile, Ala.--The whirlwind week of new Auburn football coach Gene Chizik continued on Tuesday as he made several visits to prospects around Alabama. One of those stops was at Williamson High where he got a chance to speak with Auburn commitments Terrence Coleman and LaVoyd James.

Along with the two commitments, Coleman's uncle Antonio Coleman, who is home for the holidays after final exams, was also at the school to get a chance to learn more about the new AU coach. Coleman is considering entering the NFL Draft as a junior, but his nephew says that Tuesday's talks were all about the future at Auburn.

"He was at the school today," Coleman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers about Chizik. "He seems like a good coach. He was telling us about what he was going to do with the program. He said he was going to bring in some good coaches from the NFL for the program and we're going to like them."

In addition to the talk about a coaching staff, Coleman says Chizik had several more things to tell both commitments as they try to get used to a new head coach taking over the program.

"He told me to stay on top of my grades," Coleman says. "He said the first time he saw our film he liked us pretty well. He said he would be good players for his team and he was going to make some changes on the field. He also said he was going to have the best coaching staff they've had."

One of the changes on the coaching staff will likely be the loss of linebacker coach James Willis. The recruiter for the Mobile area, he was close with Coleman, but he says for him it's not a big deal in the end.

"It's really not a big thing for me because he's not the defensive line coach anyway," Coleman says. "If the defensive line coach had been recruiting me it might be different."

Saying both he and James were still committed to the Tigers, Coleman is also hearing from several more schools and plans to take four visits before signing day. He has scheduled trips to Auburn on Jan. 9, Arkansas on Jan. 16 and says he also hopes to visit Central Florida and Southern Mississippi.

"I plan to visit Arkansas for sure," Coleman says. "I like Arkansas a lot right now."

Coleman says right now his uncle and Auburn star is undecided about his future with the Tigers. He notes he's not getting any pushing from A.C. and that's something he appreciates.

"He's letting me do my own thing," Coleman says. "He doesn't even know what he's going to do yet."

Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories