Martin Coleman mid-season update

A big surprise. That's the way that Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison offensive tackle Martin Coleman (6-6, 290) describes the way the last year has transpired, going from a rugby player new to the States from Tonga to a five-star offensive lineman.

"Basically, its all been a big surprise to me," said Coleman. "I came from Tonga to go to school. My brother-in-law introduced me to the coach and the coach wanted me to play. I played rugby since I was eight then just tried out football. I wake up everyday and try to pinch myself. But it hurts."

His pinching grip the only struggle, Coleman has no intention of letting the fun die down anytime soon and he's barely scratching the surface of his potential.

"There are some players out there that are very good, but I'm just doing my best to be the top offensive lineman I can be," said Coleman.

Coleman will get to strut his stuff this Friday when Edison takes on Esperanza in a Sunset League matchup on FSN Prime Ticket.

"I cannot wait until Friday," said Coleman. "It's a big game for us in league. We're 5-1, just our loss to Mater Dei."

Last weekend, Coleman's father had the chance to see him play football for just the second time.

"My dad came in last week and saw me play," said Coleman. "He got to see me play in Hawaii last year for our first game. I was pretty excited to have him there."

While out, Coleman and his father also got to meet with the USC coaching staff.

"Basically, we went over to USC and talked with the coaches and they explained to me and to him everything we needed to know," said Coleman. "He's happy now that he understands what's going on. He had to back to Hawaii though for a doctor's appointment so he wont be there this weekend."

Despite his commitment to USC, Coleman has taken an official visit to Arizona State and plans to visit at least two more schools, Miami and Nebraska, aside from USC, but he said nothing really should be made of it.

"I'm 100% committed to SC, and I'm just going around seeing what other colleges have to offer," said Coleman. "I've only been to California, Arizona and Hawaii. Those are the only states, so I just want to check them out. I'm not really sure yet when I'll visit them, but I'm planning to. I'm not sure when I'm visiting USC, but sometime soon."

Coleman was at USC's game with Arizona State this past weekend, as he has been to every home game for the Trojans.

He stays in frequent contact with the Trojan staff, and says only sporadically does he hear from other colleges.

"Schools text me once in a while, tell me to see what they have to offer, but I'm committed to USC," said Coleman. "Basically, USC has told me to learn the whole offense and they will either put me at guard or tackle, but I think they really want me at tackle. I have a lot to learn, I've only been playing for two years, so technique wise, I'm still learning."

Earlier this fall, Coleman and Edison took on Servite and Coleman's future teammate, Chris Galippo. The Chargers beat the Friars 28-13, but Galippo's play wowed Coleman.

"That kid is just crazy," said Coleman. "I can see why they picked him for the top ranking in the state. That kid is like a beast. He gets off the ball quick. I'm really happy he's going to be on my side."

Coleman said he still intends to graduate early and be done at Edison in January, with plans to enroll at USC in time for spring practice.


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