Vols Active In Alabama

Phillip Fulmer skipped SEC Media Days in Birmingham, Ala., this summer but he won't overlook the state of Alabama on national signing day.

The Vols already have a commitment from highly regarded Wes Brown of Athens. Ala., who checks in at 6-foot-4, 252 pounds with 4.90 speed and is rated the nation's No. 26 O-line prospect by The Insiders.

Tennessee is also in the hunt for a prodigious play stopper from Lillie B. Williamson in Mobile — the same high school that produced Tee Martin — named Antonio Coleman. As a junior, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect recorded an incredible 217 tackles, including 114 solo and 103 assists. What's more amazing is that he compiled this massive total while playing defensive end. Obviously, his 4.69 speed enabled Coleman to cover a lot of ground but he doesn't consider mobility to be the strength of his game.

"My strength and my quickness," said Coleman, who finished the season with 13 sacks and was named Williamson's player of the year as well as runner up for Alabama's Class 5A lineman of the year. It's little wonder Coleman isn't interested in changing positions at the next level.

"I really like all the schools that are recruiting me as a defensive end," he The Insiders Andrew Bone. "Schools that are wanting me as a defensive end are Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida State."

In addition to playing defensive end, Coleman has other criteria that will guide his choice of a college.

"A big part will be what I plan to major in," he stated. Also, I want to play early. That will play a big part."

Coleman camped at LSU this summer and took unofficial visits to Auburn and Alabama. He wants to take five official visits before making his decision.

"It will probably be late before I make a decision," he said. "I want to go on my official visits before I make a commitment. I will probably go to Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, and LSU for games this fall."

Coleman has been offered by all of his favorites along with a long list of others.

Overcoming programs like Florida State and LSU that are much closer to Coleman's Mobile home will be difficult enough, but taking on both Alabama and Auburn for a premier prospect might be too much to ask — even from a recruiter of Fulmer's impressive ilk. With that qualifier out of the way, it appears Tennessee is off to a good start with Coleman.

"Tennessee has always been one of my favorite schools growing up," he said. "They have a great team and great coaches."

And those coaches have a never-say-die attitude when it comes to recruiting top drawer football talent.


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