Shon Coleman Talks About Why He Picked AU

All-American offensive tackle Shon Coleman has signed with the Tigers

Olive Branch, Miss.--Offensive tackle Shon Coleman, who kept Tiger fans guessing about his college destination, faxed in his scholarship papers to Auburn on Wednesday.

The six-foot-seven, 290-pound Army All-American verbally committed to Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers on a visit to Auburn's spring game last April. However, he took official visits to Ole Miss, Alabama and Miami in the past two weeks leading to concern about how committed he was.

"I made my decision last night," Coleman said from Olive Branch High School after faxing in his scholarship papers to Auburn. "I decided I wanted to go to Auburn where I had been committed for a long time. My second choice was Bama."

The senior said that he is happy to get recruiting behind him and get ready for his freshman year of college football. "I am hoping to come in and contribute," he said.

He noted that he hadn't talked to Auburn's coaches about the specifics of when he will report and what size they want him at for a goal weight. "Right now I am 290," he said.

Shon Coleman is shown at practice for the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio.

A standout in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio last month, he said the experience was a good one that gives him confidence that will help him going into his freshman year of college.

Ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the the state of Mississippi by Scout.com for the 2010 signee class, he is a four-star offensive tackle who is rated No. 7 nationally at his position.

Coleman will be joining former Olive Branch High teammate Daren Bates at Auburn.


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