November 16, 2009

Rivals100 OT checks out Rebs' win over Tennessee

Bobby Massie made his first Southeastern Conference start on Saturday when Ole Miss entertained Tennessee at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The former five-star recruit started slowly before turning in a dominant performance in the Rebels' 42-17 win.

If Ole Miss is going to continue its winning ways, it will need to continue to land talented offensive linemen.

Enter Shon Coleman, who was in Oxford Saturday to see the Rebels and Volunteers.

"It went good," said Coleman, a Rivals100 four-star prospect from Olive Branch, Miss. "I had a pretty good weekend. I visited with all of the coaches after the game. They were just telling me I can come in and play early because they're losing four offensive linemen (Reid Neely, Brandon Green, Daverin Geralds and John Jerry). They're standing good. It's just one of those places where you know you can go in and play early and stuff."

Coleman, a 6-foot-7, 285-pounder who gave a verbal commitment to Auburn prior to the season, said he's not sure where the Rebels rank in his list of prospective schools.

"I don't really know that now," Coleman said. "That's something I'm going to think about after the season."

Olive Branch is just 45-50 minutes from Oxford, a fact that won't help or hurt the Rebels, Coleman said.

"How far away from home isn't a factor for me," Coleman said. "I can go far or stay close. It doesn't really matter."

Coleman will be in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday to see the Volunteers try to bounce back against Vanderbilt.

"Tennessee stands just like everybody else," Coleman said. "That's a school I'm looking at. I think I'd fit in good. It's a great SEC program and they're losing some offensive linemen, too."

Coleman said he's planning to take all five of his NCAA-allotted official visits after the Conquistadors' season ends.

"I know I'll visit Auburn, and that's the only one I know I'll visit right now," said Coleman, who said he's also considering Tennessee, Miami, Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama and Arkansas for official visits.

First, Coleman has to get ready for Friday's playoff game against Madison Central, which features two prominent defensive line prospects, Bryon Bennett and Carlton Martin.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be crazy," Coleman said. "We met over the summer. I talked to them last weekend. We're pretty cool. I'm looking forward to going against them."

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