One of the top performers at the Scout.com/Under Armour Combine at Ladd Peebles Stadium in January, Coleman has been a terror for the Lions since his freshman season and says his combine experience lets him know that he belongs among the best in the South for next season.
"The combine went real well for me," Coleman says. "In the beginning I did pretty bad. Once I got one drill under my belt I just started taking it like I was in the game. When I went against that five-star guy (D.J. Fluker) it got my confidence up. After that I was ready.
"Overall it went well for me," he adds. "I'm going to try to attend the New Orleans Combine and see what I can do there. I'm going to try to work on my 40 and get ready for my senior year."
Standing 6-1 and weighing 251 pounds and reporting a best 40-yard dash time of 4.8 seconds, Coleman is very similar to another Coleman and for good reason. His cousin is current Auburn defensive lineman and a former Williamson standout as well.
Just like A.C. is a very productive player for Auburn's defense, this Coleman does much the same for Williamson from his defensive end position. As a junior he made 116 tackles and added nine sacks. With numbers like that it comes as no surprise that Coleman is already hearing from the two in-state programs.
"I'm hearing from Auburn and Alabama," says Coleman, who has received a scholarship offer from the Tigers. "I'm not hearing from too many other teams right now. I guess I have to pick up my game. I have something new for them this year."
While his moves in 2008 may be new for his competition, Coleman says that Auburn fans will likely recognize his play during his senior year because he learned them from watching his cousin and another Tiger defensive end. He adds that maybe one day they'll have the chance to see him playing for Auburn if things work out well.
"I'm similar to Antonio and also similar to Quentin Groves," Coleman says. "I watch their moves and even download them off the internet and try them in practice to see how they work.
"Auburn is one of the schools I like," Coleman says. "I can't say I'm looking forward to going there because I don't know yet. We'll see. It's a good school."