If Sunday night had been national signing date, Mobile (Ala.) Lillie B. Williams defensive end Terrence Coleman says he would have signed with the University of Arkansas.
But it's not until Feb. 4 and Coleman (6-1, 230, 4.7) – who had 10 sacks among his 96 tackles this season - has four visits set up to tell the tale.
"I consider myself open and I like Auburn, but right now if I had to make a decision it would be Arkansas," Coleman said. "I really like Arkansas."
Coleman was solidly committed to Auburn before the school and Tommy Tuberville parted ways.
But he opened things back up at that point and Arkansas coaches became aware of his interest in the Razorbacks.
"There was a story written after that where I mentioned that I had watched Arkansas growing up, how I was highly interested in them and how I hoped they would recruit me now," Coleman said. "They found about it and we got a relationship started."
Arkansas coaches have now visited with him a couple of times, including Razorback assistants Bobby Allen, Lorenzo Ward and Reggie Johnson all visiting with him in person on Friday.
"I really like those coaches," Coleman said. "They are real with me."
Johnson is the Razorbacks' linebacker coach and was there because of the way Arkansas is planning on using Coleman if he signs with them.
That would be the same way current Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino used current Denver Broncos defensive Elvis Dumervil when they were both at Louisville.
Dumervil set three NCAA records his senior season – sacks (20), sacks in a single game (6) and most forced fumbles in a single season (11).
"They tell me they want me to be a speed rusher at defensive end, but also stand up and make plays at linebacker," Coleman said. "They want me to use me like they did him when he was at Louisville."
Coleman has set up official visits to Auburn (Jan. 9-11), Arkansas (Jan. 16-18), Southern Miss (Jan. 23-25) and Central Florida the following weekend.
New Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is doing his best to get Coleman back on board with the Tigers.
"He tells me I can be a special guy for them," Coleman said. "He says he is going to have the best staff ever at Auburn with some guys coming from the NFL. He says he wants to get things changed around."
Coleman, who was Auburn's first commit of the 2009 class, says he is down from 250 to 230.
"I got the fat off," Coleman said. "I want it to be good weight on me, muscle."
Coleman says he hopes to make an impact right away at the college of his choice.
"I've got good speed, but I need to continue to work on my technique because I know there are going to be bigger offensive linemen in college with long arms that are going to try and get me tied up," Coleman said. "I will work hard at it."
Coleman Eyes Arkansas
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