Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's first junior day has to be considered a success already as the Tigers picked up their first commitment for the 2009 class from standout defensive end Terrance Coleman from Williamson High in Mobile.
"I wanted to make an early decision and get it out of the way so I can focus on my grades," Coleman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm committed to Auburn. I made my mind up today.
Coleman's uncle, Antonio Coleman, is a starting defensive end for the Tigers who will be a junior this season.
"I really wanted to get it out of the way to focus on my senior season," he adds. "It's going to be my home. I haven't told A.C. yet. He'll be happy. He just tells me I need to follow in his footsteps because we'll be set. I've always wanted to go to Auburn."
One of the top juniors in Alabama, the 6-1, 251 Coleman is and has very similar physical attributes to Antonio Coleman, particulary in his ability to rush the passer.
As a junior defensive end that sometimes saw action at linebacker for the Lions, Coleman had an astounding 116 tackles and also added nine sacks. His 4.8 second speed in the 40-yard dash allows him to make plays from sideline to sideline while he's also physical enough to play at the point of attack without any problem.
A standout at a recent Scout.com Combine in Mobile where he more than held his own against some of the other top linemen in the South, Coleman says he improved as a junior by studying the moves of his cousin as well as former Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves.
"I enjoyed the basketball game and getting a chance to talk to the coaches," Coleman says. "They are very fine coaches. They make me feel like I'm at home."