December 8, 2009

Coleman still rounding out official visit schedule

MOBILE, Ala. -- Olive Branch, Miss., offensive tackle Shon Coleman was battling knee soreness on Tuesday.

Some of the defensive linemen he was facing during Team Mississippi's practice session _ major prospects such as Bryon Bennett, Carlton Martin and Carlos Thompson _ were showing any sympathy.

Coleman is teammates with those guys this week as they prepare for Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., but those individual showdowns might be seen on Southeastern Conference fields for the next four or five years.

"It's been fun," Coleman said. "All it does is make me better. It's not competition right now."

Coleman, a 6-foot-7, 285-pounder who is ranked as the top player in Mississippi and as the No. 10 offensive line prospect nationally by Rivals.com, said he has official visits scheduled to Tennessee, Miami, Auburn and Arkansas. Ole Miss is in line for the fifth visit, though he was concerned Tuesday about media reports detailing interest in Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt on the part of Kansas.

"I'm looking into them," Coleman said after learning that Nutt had issued a statement that closed the door on the Kansas speculation. "I don't know if I'm going to take (an official visit to Ole Miss) yet but I'm going to look into it. They're local and everything. They've got a good program."

Coleman said the Rebels are telling him he can come in at tackle and compete for immediate playing time.

"They said they're graduating three linemen," Coleman said.

Coleman said he still considers himself verbally committed to Auburn, but another school could change his mind by "showing me a good program and a place where I can spend the next four years."

Coleman said he likely won't make a decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

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