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UA Game: Five-star Cam Coleman didn't stress over flip to Auburn

ORLANDO - Recruiting really was not stressful for Cam Coleman. For the five-star receiver, it was really pretty simple.

If Texas A&M kept coach Jimbo Fisher and position coach Dameyune Craig, he would have stayed with the Aggies. Since they were fired, a flip to Auburn was easy.

“It really wasn’t stressful at all because when Jimbo Fisher got fired and they released my position coach Dameyune Craig I knew I was going to Auburn,” Coleman said Friday at Under Armour Game media day. “It really wasn’t stressful at all.”


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The first time around, it was. The Phenix City (Ala.) Central standout was torn between the Aggies and the Tigers. Auburn was an hour up the road. But Coleman loved College Station and especially the coaches there.

“It was extremely close,” Coleman said.

“I was sitting in my room, man, this is crazy. Texas A&M was the first school to offer me and it was really my relationship with coach Craig and Jimbo. That’s what set it off, I was really locked in with those boys and when they released them, I was like damn, time to go to Auburn, let’s do it.”

The five-star receiver sees a path to major success at Auburn as well. The offense under coach Hugh Freeze - and the way Freeze and the staff recruiting him to the Tigers - is right for Coleman, who caught 61 passes for 1,372 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior this fal.

“When he first got there he told me he wanted to coach me hard,” Coleman said of Freeze. “He showed that because he never stopped recruiting me even when I committed to Texas A&M. He kept in contact with me and never stopped recruiting me.

“It’s really different (at Auburn). You can tell the difference between this staff and the old staff when coach (Bryan) Harsin was here. It feels like family and the relationship I’ve been building with all the coaches not just my position coach

“They really gave their receivers a chance. They really have a good offensive scheme and now they’re getting more receivers who can make plays.”

Coleman reports to Auburn on Jan. 6.