Blytheville's Best

Blytheville lineman Kit Coleman (6-3, 295, 4.71) will visit Arkansas and numerous other schools this summer as he prepares for scholarship offers to start rolling in.

To say that Blytheville lineman Kit Coleman is going to have a busy summer would be a bit of an understatement.

But for somebody who once apparently put down 40 chicken wings in a single setting, that shouldn't be too hard at all.

Coleman (6-3, 295, 4.71), an offensive and defensive lineman for the Chickasaws, will begin a flurry of camp and combine activity this upcoming Saturday with a trip to Ole Miss for a Nike Combine.

He'll then go to Vanderbilt on June 5th, Missouri on June 7th, Alabama on June 10th, head to Mississippi State on June 12th, LSU on June 18th and then finish up with trips to Auburn on July 16th and a two-day trip to the University of Arkansas camp on July 22-23.

"I don't have any offers on the table yet, but all of those schools have shown a lot of interest in me as well as UCA, Memphis and Arkansas State," Coleman said. "I think going to all these camps will not only make me a better player, but will allow me to be seen. I think I am close to getting offers from several of them right now."

Coleman, being recruited on both sides of the ball by different schools, is not shy about saying that his homestate Razorbacks are definitely the leader of the pack.

"They are real high, the first pick of all of those schools," Coleman said. "It's the team that I have followed growing up and I really hope I get an offer from them soon. It certainly is what I want to happen and where I would like to end up playing, but we'll just see how everything goes."

He already got some exposure at the U.S. Army All American Junior Combine in San Antonio back in January.

"That was fun," Coleman said. "We went through a lot of stuff and I thought I did well."

Coleman had over 100 pancake blocks last season while also recording three sacks wile playing limited time on the defensive line.

He has bench pressed 350 pounds, power cleaned 300 and squatted 500.

"I thought I played pretty well last year, but I am trying to get stronger and faster and just get my footwork down," Coleman said. "You can never quit working to get better on somebody will pass you by. I think I might end up playing on the defensive line in college, a three technique. "

As the only returning starter on the offensive line and one of the few holdovers on defense, Coleman knows he must take on a leadership role next season.

"We graduate a lot of seniors and so we are going to be playing a lot of sophomores," Coleman said. "I didn't play a whole lot of defense last year, but I know I am going to be playing both ways and hardly ever coming off the field next season. I just have to step up and help be an example for all the young ones we are going to have on the field. I am going to be doing a lot of running this summer to come in the best shape I can."

Coleman has bumped into Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart (6-7, 305) on a few unofficial visits and at the junior combine in San Antonio.

"I know Arkansas is recruiting him, too and it seems like a nice guy," Hart said. "Maybe will both end up at Arkansas."

As for those chicken wings, Coleman says the rumor is true.

"Yes, it happened," Coleman said. "I was hungry and I'm a big old boy."

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