Big Tackle Recruit Discusses Football and AU

An Auburn football recruiting report features comments from Shon Coleman.

Olive Branch, Miss.--Although his team didn't win the game, Shon Coleman says his first football all-star experience was a good one.

Playing in Mobile at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the offensive tackle from Olive Branch High School performed well in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game won 21-13 by the Alabama All-Stars.

"There was a lot of competition in practice and the game and that makes you better," says Coleman, explaining why it turned out to be a good experience.

"I enjoyed having a chance to get to go against the best guys in the state," he adds. "I think I played pretty well even though I have been having some knee problems coming off of my surgery. I think I went out there on the field and did my job."

Coleman pass protects during the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Coleman saw limited practice time before the game, but went the distance in the contest splitting playing time between two positions.

"The coaches wanted me to play guard so I could pull and trap," he says. "They also wanted me to play tackle and I did that, too. I wasn't supposed to play as much as I did because of my knee, but it is okay."

Shon Coleman is shown at the all-star game in Mobile.

Next on the schedule are the his three "Rs" now that he has time off from school for the holiday season. "Over Christmas break I am going to work on getting my knee ready for the Army All-American Game," he says.
Coleman committed to Auburn when visiting the campus last spring for the team's annual A-Day contest. That hasn't kept a variety from other colleges from trying to recruit him and he has shown some interest, but notes that he still plans to sign with Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

"Everything is good with Auburn," he says. "I am still committed. I haven't set up my official visit date yet, but I know I am taking one."

Coleman, who currently checks in at six-foot-seven, 285 pounds, says he is not sure how big he will get. Because he is concentrating on power-lifting as a senior rather than playing basketball, he should be able to add weight before he heads off to college.

He is up 10 pounds since he committed to the Tigers in April. "I am not sure how big I am going to get, but I know I am still growing," he says.

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