Scouting Report: OL Martin Coleman

Coleman's greatest attribute may be his quick feet. It is not very often that a 6'6, 285 pounder has nimble feet. But that is exactly where Coleman can catch you off guard. Coleman does a very good job at the point of attack, never letting anyone out-muscle him.

Martin Coleman
6'6, 285 lbs.
Edison HS, Huntington Beach (CA.)

TYPE OF PLAYER: Coleman has everything you want in a tackle; size, quickness, strength, etc. Coleman can not be described as a specialist, mainly because he excels at both pass blocking and run blocking. Coleman is 6'6 and a rock solid 285 lbs. For someone his size, Coleman has very good footwork and athleticism. Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that he only has one year of football under his belt!

WHAT WE LIKE: What is there not to love about this kid. Coleman may have more upside than any other player on the Trojan board in the class of 2007. Coleman did not grow up admiring the likes of Barry Sanders or Joe Montana, yet he grew up excelling in rugby and track. In fact, Coleman had never actually watched an American football game until he moved to the U.S. from his native Tonga over a year ago.

In a year where linemen are a top priority, Coleman is stating his case why he should be, and is considered one of the top offensive tackles in the nation. So it comes as no surprise that the coaches at SC have him rated so highly. Coleman recently participated in the Los Angeles Nike Camp, and did nothing but prove he is worthy of the attention he is receiving.

Coleman's greatest attribute may be his quick feet. It is not very often that a 6'6, 285 pounder has nimble feet. But that is exactly where Coleman can catch you off guard. Coleman does a very good job at the point of attack, never letting anyone out-muscle him. When watching film on Coleman, it is obvious that he is well coached. He always follows through on his blocks, and never gives up until the whistle blows.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: It is obvious that Coleman relies heavily on his raw physical tools while playing the game. And while that may be effective on the high school level, college linemen will present a whole new set of challenges for this talented prospect. In order to excel at the Division I level, Coleman will have to work on his footwork and separation at the point the attack. Coleman is a very good football player, but learning more technique could go a long way in determining if he will become a great player.

REMINDS US OF: Trying to judge who Coleman reminds me of is like comparing apples and oranges, peaches and pairs, I think you get the point. Coleman has a very unique game, and he possesses a mixture of a lot players' game who came before him. The closest resemblance I can find to Coleman is Winston Justice. Like Justice, Coleman mixes nimble feet and surprising athleticism for someone who is 6'6 and nearly 300 lbs.

DID YOU KNOW: Like I had previously mentioned, Coleman had never even watched an American football game before moving to the U.S. from Tonga. Coleman only has one year of football under his belt, and that gets me very excited about his future in the college ranks.

COLEMAN SAYS: "This was my first year of watching American football. I honestly didn't know anything about it. When I got here I just went over to the football program and now it's crazy to have all this recruiting attention, it's a dream come true."


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