Tigers Pick Up OL Commitment

The Auburn Tigers picked up another public verbal commitment for the 2010 signee class.

Shun Coleman, a 6-7, 275-pound offensive tackle prospect from Olive Branch, Miss., High, became Auburn's fourth verbal commitment for the 2010 football signee class.

Coleman committed to Gene Chizik's Tigers on an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend for the Tigers' annual spring football game.

"I am excited about my commitment to Auburn--really excited," Coleman tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I like the atmosphere at Auburn and the people at Auburn," he said. "I like the coaching staff. I like the fact that everybody gets along with everybody."

Coleman said he enjoyed spending time with Auburn's offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes. "He is a really good coach and he has put a lot of players in the NFL," Coleman says. "He knows what he is doing. He has a lot of experience."

Offensive line is a high priority area for Auburn's 2010 signee class. Coleman says he is aware of that. "Auburn has a great opportunity for me."

Coleman says he picked the Tigers over offers from Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Memphis and Florida International and notes that he was being recruited by a variety of other colleges.

"I really like the atmosphere and the school," says Coleman, who notes that he toured the campus on his visit to Auburn. "I went to the locker room and met the players, who showed me a lot of love. Everything went great."

As a junior he played guard, but is moving out to tackle as a senior, which he says is his natural position.

Coleman says he liked what he saw from the Auburn offense at Saturday's A-Day Game, which attracted a crowd of more than 45,000 to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Academically, the high school junior says he is a good student who is interested in majoring in something to do with electronics or engineering when he gets to college.

Coleman, who is 17 years old, says he is still growing. "I am 6-7, 275 and I hope I get to be about six-foot-nine."

Auburn is also recruiting another junior offensive lineman at Olive Branch, Damien Robinson, and the Tigers signed safety Daren Bates off the Olive Branch team in February. Bates attended Auburn's spring game. Coleman notes that he and Robinson are both doing their own things in recruiting and what one does won't have an effect on the other.

Coleman says the Tigers have a talented prospect coming in this summer in his teammate Bates. "Daren is a real good player," the lineman says. "I think he could have been a five-star. He gets at it real good."

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