Coleman high on Wildcats

The 2011 recruiting class for the Wildcats will be heavy on defensive linemen. Joker Phillips will also look to bring in several stellar athletes. In Christian Coleman, the Wildcats are after a two-for-one.

The 2011 recruiting class for the Wildcats will be heavy on defensive linemen. Joker Phillips will also look to bring in several stellar athletes. In Christian Coleman, the Wildcats are after a two-for-one.

With defensive linemen being a priority and Kentucky regularly mining the same locations for prospects, it's no surprise that they have been interested in Milan High (Tn.) lineman Christian Coleman. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Coleman can play all along the defensive front and possibly even at tight end on the other side of the ball.

His versatility is in part due to a major strength of Coleman's. "I believe my strength is being quick for a big guy," Coleman said. "People don't expect me to be as quick as I am."

But as a defensive lineman, there's one specific area that stands out for him to improve. "I want to get better at everything," said Coleman. "But being able to defeat the chop block would be the one thing I would want to do a lot better," he continued.

Milan High made it all the way to the state championship game last season, going 14-1 along the way. Coleman was happy about his efforts under the circumstances. "Our team performed very well last season. We had very few arguments on the team which allow us to get closer together and play more as a team," he said. "That resulted in a state championship game appearance for the second year."

"I personally didn't play as well as I could have. I was out a lot of the time with a broken ankle, but when I came back to play, I gave my all and did everything I could to help the team out," finished Coleman.

Coleman's teammate on the Milan state runner-up squad was UK 2010 signee, Avery Williamson. Could Williamson's presence have an impact on Coleman's decision?

"Me and Avery have been playing football together since middle school and to have a chance to play with him on the next level would be great," said Coleman. "He talks highly of Kentucky and wants me to come be with him. It would be nice to have a former teammate and friend on the team with me," he continued.

But Kentucky isn't the only school looking at Coleman.

"I'm hearing a lot from Duke, Memphis and Kentucky," he said. "I have four offers: Kentucky, Memphis, Duke and Middle Tennessee State University," he said.

Coleman has visited Kentucky for Junior day and plans to make an official to UK this fall.

He hasn't set a time for decision at this point, but he does have an idea of what he wants in the school he chooses.

"I'm not really set on a time right now. I am just going to wait for a little while to evaluate all my options before I make a decision," he said. "I am looking for a place that I can compete and win football games, but also where I can get a good physical therapy degree," he finished.


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