Lineman of the Year Will Visit Tide and Tigers

<b>Antonio Coleman</b> from Williamson High School in Mobile is one of the top defensive lineman in the southeast. Coleman had an impressive senior season. On Wednesday, he was awarded the Class 5A Lineman of the Year. The standout defensive lineman has set his first two official visits.

Last year, Antonio Coleman was runner up as Class 5A Lineman of the Year after he recorded over 200 tackles for his junior year.

"I went to Birmingham today and won Class 5A Lineman of the Year. It is a great honor. I was runner up last year. My final season stats were 147 tackles, 22 sacks, 32 hurries, three safeties, a couple of fumble recoveries and a couple forced fumbles. I kicked field goals this year and I was 6/9," said Coleman.

Several coaches have visited with the three star defensive lineman.

"Coach Shula and Coach Wyatt from Alabama, Coach Borges and Coach Whitt from Auburn, Coach Saban and Coach Muschamp from LSU, and Coach Trickett from West Virgina have all been by here. It has been about a week since anyone has been to visit with me. I have set up an official visit with LSU and Alabama. I am not sure of the dates, but they are in January. I do not know what other schools I plan to visit yet."

Coleman is interested in the Crimson Tide because of the position they are offering him to play on the next level.

"When I went up to the Auburn game, I really wasn't able to tour the campus or anything. I really want to go and check it out. They want me to play defensive end and that is what I am looking for. Most schools are recruiting me as a linebacker."

The Alabama coaches have made strong impression.

"Coach Shula and Coach Wyatt came and visited with me about two weeks ago. The visit went great. It was a great honor for me to have the head coach come and visit. It was really a great opportunity for me. Coach Wyatt is my recruiting coach. He is a great coach and he is real upfront about everything."

Coleman is also interested in LSU.

"I want to go down and check out everything. From what I have seen, they have great facilities. My old teammate, JaMarcus Russell, plays there. They also have a great atmosphere."

The LSU coaching staff has impressed Coleman. With the possibility of Coach Nick Saban heading to the NFL, Coleman is interested in the decision.

"It was also a great honor for me to have Coach Saban in my home. I was able to get to know him better, and he is a really great coach. I have gotten to know Coach Muschamp a lot better from going down to LSU a couple of times. He is very energetic. I have heard about Coach Saban possibly leaving. My college decision is not even being close to final. We will just see what happens," said Coleman.

When asked about a favorite and a time frame for his decision, Coleman replied, "Not right now. I will wait until after all my visits. I think the deciding factor will be the position I am recruited to play and playing time."

The very talented defensive end was disappointed, after a third round loss in the play-offs, but his attention is now focused on another sport.

"I am playing basketball now. We are doing alright. We are trying to get back into the swing of things, since football is over. I am playing power forward.

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