Athletic AU Commitment Has Productive Season

Offensive line prospect Kyle Coulahan discusses his senior season at Pensacola Catholic.

Pensacola, Fla.--Though not rated as highly as many of Auburn's other verbal commitments in the 2007 football signing class, Kyle Coulahan looks to be the kind of athlete that offensive line coach Hugh Nall likes to work with and could turn out to be one of the top players in this year's class.

Following in line with many of Auburn's current offensive linemen, Coulahan played other positions in high school.

"I played mostly noseguard and I played tight end--I scored three touchdowns at tight end--and I also played fullback and blocked for about six touchdowns at fullback," Coulahan says. "I spent more time at fullback and I went to tight end for trick plays and short passes for touchdowns. I also did a lot at fullback. Every time we got to the goal line we put the fat (jumbo) package in and I was in at fullback."

Now at 6-4, 305 pounds, Coulahan had 85 tackles and eight sacks from the noseguard position on defense.

Kyle Coulahan is shown at an Auburn summer football camp prior to his senior season.

Playing at Pensacola Catholic, which competes in the Class 2A level, Coulahan still played against some of the top schools in the area because of a lack of small schools near Pensacola.

"We played against most of the 4A and 5A teams around here, and we beat all of them except for one and it was in triple overtime," Coulahan says.

"We had a great season," he adds. "We went 10-2. We went to the second round of the playoffs against Madison County and we lost that game 33-20. It was a great season, I had a great season, I learned a lot, got faster, stronger and got better."

Coulahan isn't playing any other sports at PCHS during his senior season, but he is staying busy with other activities.

"We go to the hunting club every weekend and when I get a chance I go out on the boat and catch some fish," he says. "I've got a trainer and I'm working out four days a week and sometimes two-a-days, and I'm running three times a week."

Coulahan got an in-home visit from tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, who recruits the panhandle area for Auburn, last week and also saw a couple of Auburn players at a Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA) banquet.

"Every year we have the Fellow of Christian Athletes with all of the teams from this area. T.R. Miller and Foley in Alabama, they come over and they go to our Civic Center in Pensacola," Coulahan says. "There were a lot of Alabama and Auburn football players there that gave a speech to us about their Christianity and their hard work. Quentin Groves and Jonathan Palmer were there."

Coulahan was invited to play in a Florida all-star game and the Army All-American Game in San Antonio on Jan. 6, but declined the offers because he is already committed and doesn't want to risk injury.

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