Pompey Coleman and his Ben Davis High School teammates got the 2016 season off to a strong start on Friday night with a 70-0 win over Arsenal Technical.
“The team goal right now is just to win every game that we start every Friday,” Coleman said. “We’re not worrying about the postseason, we’re not worried about state. Right now we had Tech. We checked them off and got the W. Next up is Avon.”
Coleman, entering his second season as a starter for Ben Davis, is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman but he said he’s trying to get up to 295 to 300 pounds by the end of the season.
He’s also continuing to work on his game.
“So far for this season I’ve been working on staying low, keeping a wide base and trying to be more aggressive throughout the whole game and trying to assert dominance on the field and show everybody how the team looks and how I look as an individual as well,” Coleman said.
What have the Mizzou coaches been talking to him about?
“They’ve been talking to me about just getting up on campus and trying to make an early impact if I can and trying to make sure I get in the O-line rotation and getting stronger before I get on campus, getting bigger and putting on weight,” Coleman said.
What made the Tigers the right choice for him?
“Their coaches and their vision for the program always stood out to me and I like how they are as individuals, aside from coaching as well,” Coleman said. “I love the campus. I love the academic aspect of the whole university. I thought they were going in the right direction considering everybody thought they had an off year. I know they are still one of the best teams in the SEC.”
Coleman said he feels competing in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference at Ben Davis High School is preparing him for playing at the next level.
“The MIC is easily the best conference in Indiana and it’s ranked as a top-five conference in the USA,” he said. “So it’s easily good competition to prep you for college and everything, considering every Friday night you’re basically going up against a D-1 prospect.”
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