Auburn football: Q&A with 2015 commit Jordan Colbert

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 5, 2014 

Griffin High School (Ga.) safety Jordan Colbert

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Editor's note: Jordan Colbert is one of 17 commits Auburn has for its 2015 recruiting class as of Saturday afternoon. Beat writer Ryan Black had a phone interview with Colbert recently. The transcript of Black's interview with the consensus four-star safety from Griffin, Ga., is below.

You committed to Auburn in April. What led into the decision to commit then versus waiting a little later in the year?

I just wanted to get it out of the way early so I can get it done. Right now I want to focus on getting another (state) championship and working on my academics.

How firm is your commitment to the Tigers? Do you plan to visit any other schools?

I'm still 100 percent to Auburn, but Georgia is still after me. Georgia is one of the only ones still sending me letters in the mail. Tennessee might be the first visit that I take this summer, but I'm trying to get to Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, too.

How often are you in contact with Auburn's coaching staff?

Every other day. When I talk to one of the coaches, I always end up talking to more than one. Building that relationship with them has been great.

Have you already developed relationships with some of the other players in the Tigers' 2015 class?

Ben Edwards, D'Anfernee McGriff and Tyler Queen. We've all got a pretty good friendship with each other.

Do you know anyone else on Auburn's roster?

(Recent defensive back transfer) Tray Matthews.

How did you first meet?

Me and Tray have known each other for a while, because Griffin and Newnan (Matthews' alma mater) had scrimmages against each other a couple of years back and me and Tray became very good friends. Tray was actually trying to recruit me to Georgia while he was at Georgia.

What parts of your game do you view as strengths right now?

I'm a field general. I know how to read passes real good — I'm a ballhawk. I credit a lot of that to my time as a receiver. I know when they're releasing and coming out of their breaks.

Where areas still need work?

I need to improve my footwork. Sometimes I don't notice it, but my coaches do. That's what we've really been focusing on this offseason.

What have Auburn's coaches told you about playing time as a freshman?

They haven't talked to me about that yet, but in my mind and the mind-set I've got, when I get there, I'm going to learn and then I'm going to compete for a starting job.

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