Five-Star Back Enjoys Big Cat Experience

Big back Rodney Coe talks about his trip to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend.

Edwardsville, Ill.--A five-star prospect and the number seven running back in the nation according to, massive Rodney Coe has drawn attention from coast-to-coast after an impressive junior year that saw him average over nine yards per carry and score 12 touchdowns.

With defensive end size (6-3, 245) and the speed to take it the distance, it's no wonder that Coe is thought of as a top national prospect. Over the weekend he was one of several big-time players on hand for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend on the Plains. Making his first visit to Auburn, Coe said he really enjoyed everything about his trip.

"One thing that I really liked is all the activities we did," Coe said. "The coaches said they knew we could play football because we wouldn't be there if we couldn't, so just being able to go around and see the facilities was nice. We had fun mingling with other players and the coaches, that was really different and I liked that.

"I got to talk to the running back coach (Curtis Luper), coach (Gene) Chizik, coach (Gus) Malzahn, really all the coaches," he added. "I like all of them. They are down to earth. You can talk to them and they don't judge you. They treat you the same. They don't yell at you or anything like that. They are all good people. I can just tell that by talking to them. I talked to a few of them for 10 or 20 minutes or more. We all had good conversations."

With several dozen offers to choose from and coming out of Big 10 country, Coe decided to visit some of the SEC schools he's interested in as he was in Auburn on Saturday and early Sunday before heading to Tuscaloosa to visit Alabama. After that it's a trip to Arkansas before he heads home.

With top running back names such as James Brooks, Joe Cribbs, Bo Jackson, Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams and most recently Ben Tate moving on to the NFL, Auburn is a very familiar place for many recruits around the country. While Coe admits he didn't know much history about the Tigers, he liked what he heard about the current group of players and coaches.

"Actually I didn't know much about Auburn," Coe said. "I had heard of them, but I didn't have any information on them. I learned a lot. They were showing us about their offense and the passing and running game and things like that. They were 119th in offense and moved to like 20th. They talked about last year having the fourth-ranked class and how well they are doing in the little time they've been together as a coaching staff."

In addition to getting a tour of the facilities and the campus as well as meeting with the coaches and some of the current players, the prospects in for Big Cat Weekend also have plenty of time to talk to other players about recruiting, what they like about certain schools, and what it would be like to play together. Coe said that opportunity is something he especially enjoyed about his Auburn trip.

"To talk to other recruits is real convenient," Coe said. "You never know, that could be someone you wind up playing with. To be able to mingle around and talk to those players is very nice."

In addition to Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas, Coe has offers from all over including Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Ole Miss, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin and many others.

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