AU Coaches Concerned About Signee Coleman

Auburn signee, high school All-American Shon Coleman, is the subject of major concern due to a health issue.

Auburn, Ala.--As Auburn returned to the practice field on Monday, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said he is concerned about a player who has yet to enroll in his football program.

Offensive lineman Shon Coleman, a 2010 signee from Olive Branch, Miss., High, is seriously ill and being treated in Memphis.

"Shon and his family are dealing with a medical issue at this time and our thoughts and prayers are out to them," Chizik said. "We had some very good conversations with him and his family."

Chizik said the Auburn coaching staff's immediate concern is not about Coleman's football future, it is about the high school senior's health.

"We have no concern about what his football status is whatsoever," Chizik said. "We want the young man to be healthy and our thoughts and prayers are out to the family in terms of recovery. We never even broached the issue of football in an way, shape or form and won't."

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

On the Facebook page of Coleman's mother, DeKeisha Tunstall, there was a post made that Coleman is receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Auburn assistant head coach Trooper Taylor, who recruits the Memphis area for Auburn, said, "I recruited Shon and I really wish everybody would understand that it is very sensitive to him, and his mom and his family. I wish everybody would respect that. I just hung up on the phone with him. They are concerned about that so give them their privacy."

Coleman is rated as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Mississippi for the 2011 signee class by as well as the No. 7 offensive tackle prospect in the country.

When Auburn signed Coleman, Olive Branch High head coach Scott Samsel said that Coleman is a prospect with plenty of potential. "Shon did a good job for us for three years," the coach noted. "He put on about 20 pounds of lean muscle over the last offseason and got him up to 285. He is an offensive lineman who kind of has a defensive lineman's mentality. He runs pretty good. He has got good feet and a long reach. He can handle another 20 or 30 pounds of muscle easily and still look slender.

"He looks more like a tight end than a tackle," Samsel added. "He played guard last year when our tackle was a thicker kid. We pulled and trapped a good bit with Shon. He is a good kid and I don't think he will do anything off the field to embarrass anybody and that is big nowadays. He is a hard worker and I think he is going to do some pretty impressive things."

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