Shon Coleman headed to Alabama?

Auburn has lost five-star recruit Shon Coleman.

No, I haven’t heard a word from what is happening in Tuscaloosa during Coleman’s visit to the University of Alabama. Coleman might want to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the visit might seal the deal. But all this doesn’t matter.

I feel confident predicting Coleman to Alabama because Auburn spinmeister Phillip Marshall has spoken. According to Marshall, Coleman’s possible defection really doesn’t mean anything for Auburn.

Marshall writes, “If Coleman decides to go to Alabama, chances are that Auburn will win the same number of games it would have won if he’d honored his original commitment. And if he honors his original commitment, chances are Auburn will win the same number of games it would have won if he hadn’t.”

Huh? Losing a five-star player that is expected to play left or right tackle isn’t a huge loss to a team that needs depth along its line?

Yes ladies and gentlemen, that is spin.

And just in case you were wondering what was going on, Marshall recapitulates the argument, “On paper, Auburn is going to have the best class it’s had in a long time. And there could yet be more additions. Whether Coleman goes or stays isn’t going to change that.”

So, if you read between the lines: Auburn didn’t really want or need him. Everything is fine. Move along. Nothing to see here.

That always translates to: We lost him.

I bet Tommy Tuberville misses this type of coverage in his new gig out at Texas Tech.

And all that means good things for Alabama landing him.

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  1. 1
    CRIMSON HAMMAH

    WHAT DID AU UNDEFEATED AND THE HEISMAN WINNER DO IN THE 71 IRON BOWL?2000 SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME? REGULAR SEASON GAMES VS SO CAL IN 02 03? WHAT DID THEY DO WHEN BAMA WAS ON PROBATION?WHAT DID THEY DO WITH A 5 AND 0 START?WHAT WILL AU DO WITH A TOP 10 RECRUITING CLASS? WHAT DID JARRETT LEE LSU QB DO WHEN HE CAME IN VS BAMA DUE TO INJURY? JARRETT LEE DID WHAT HE ALWAYS DOES – THROW INTERCEPTIONS.AU WILL DO AND DID WHAT IT ALWAYS DOES – COMES UP LAME – LAYS AN EGG – SHAMES ITSELF – EMBARRASSES SEC – LOSES .

  2. 3
    Alex Hamilton

    Yep. Them 5 star linemen are a dime a dozen. Who needs that guy. Besides, the last 5 star tackle that Bama got didn’t even play his Freshman year. I mean, who needs linemen when you can direct snap the ball to Dyer.

  3. 4
    Bamafan

    You’re kidding yourself, Steve. Losing SC is a HUGE loss for Auburn’s class. Only about 25-30 players in the entire nation each year are considered 5-star players. Auburn will definitely drop significantly in all the major recruiting rankings(Rivals, Scout, ESPN). So much for having a better class than THe U of A.

    Phillip Marshall=Bagdad Bob

  4. 6
    Steve

    Wpw. judging by the comments, Alabama fans are every bit as classy as advertised. Yes, we have had a 5 star lineman just set the bench pretty much his entire career. Stars don’t make you a better player.

  5. 7
    almightytmc1

    If Nick wants him… I say good enough.

    I know at some SEC schools they question everything the coach does until finally the coach leaves and goes to the Big 12.

    I don’t question Nick Saban’s recruiting. He may be the best recruiter of our generation.

  6. 8
    Ballplay Indian

    We will see soon enough. Yes it would hurt our class. He has talent for sure, if yall pick him up it would be big.

  7. 9
    BamaCLT

    Alex, I’m a die hard Bama fan, but all five star linemen don’t pan out. I mean, how does Jones get the start over Love? Coleman looks undersized and thin framed to me. I’d rather have Arie K., given that probably wraps up his brother (who is bigger) for the 2011 class.

  8. 10
    Alex Hamilton

    Lineman are the least capable of coming in and starting right away. Love has yet to play because his upper body strength was not where it needed to be in 2008 to come in and start. Furthermore, Boswell and Davis aren’t chopped liver. Most of the second string linemen at Alabama in 2009 would have started at 7 other SEC schools. All the 2nd string are better than aBarns 1st string.

    Lastly, recruting rankings are relative. This means that a 5 star one year is not always a 5 star in subsequent years. See Kerry Murphy. Also, Andre Smith is the greatest Alabama lineman in 35 years, and second only to Hannah all time. Yet, no one should assume that Love is just as good as Smith merely because both were 5 star prospects.

    That’s the danger of Recruting rankings. The services and the fans make a lot of assumptions. Even so, the 5 stars are the best for ” that recruting year”. So, the Barn did lose one of the highest rated for this season.

  9. 11
    Bamafan

    BamaCLT, the great majority of 5 stars DO pan out. No all of course, but most of them. And Barrett Jones was a guard, Tyler Love is a tackle. Can’t compare the two. Love will probably back up James Carpenter at Left Tackle this year, then take over in 2011 and start for 3 years(he redshirted this year). And Alex is right, TL needed work in the weightroom. And Alex, Kerry Murphy left Hoover as a 5 star. He’ll probably start this year over Josh Chapman, so he’s panning out. Don’t cave into these barners that stars don’t matter. 5 stars don’t matter when you’re not signing them.

  10. 12
    DAMAGE INC.

    I always wondered why the lineman don’t come in and play right away. Is it because of the complex 3-4 defensive schemes Saban makes them know in their sleep or is it conditioning?

  11. 13
    Big red A

    Murphy may play end opposite Dareus, with Chappy in the middle. He’s the strongest guy on the team, and his footwork keeps getting better.

  12. 18
    ricdady4au

    What’s a done deal???????

    Coleman to bammer…. If so then why did he travel to The U this weekend???

    Maybe, possibly, he was using bammer and the U for a free vacation. Besides, I am not sure there was any broken glass for him to crawl through to sign with the almighty tide.

  13. 19
    CRIMSON HAMMAH

    FELLOW RECRUIT VISITOR TO MIAMI SAYS COLEMAN TO BAMA — WHITAKER TO BARN…IF STONE TO TN WE TAKE COLEMAN … STONE TO BAMA WE GIVE COLEMAN TO AU

  14. 21
    CandyAssBammers

    I would feel confident too if I had a corrupt group of financial boosters (A.K.A. THE REC) working Shon’s daddy or having Shon’s HS coach funnel the GOODS! That Move has NEVER been played from the Criminal Tide’s Recruiting Playbook, now has it?
    You BammerNecks are confident you stole a recruit which earlier was a nobody when he was committed to Auburn. I am sure the Spin Doctor SATAN fed Shon a long line of BS on his in house visit. (i.e. “We wanted you all along!…and…God’s honest truth, We told OL STONE to commit to UT!”)

  15. 22
    crimson hammah

    DO NOT BE DECEIVE BARNRATANIMALS HAVE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN CHEATING….MONEY BAGS…NEWTON DAD SHAKEDOWN …..SABAM KICKS UR AZZ BECAUSE IT’S EASY

  16. 23
    rising_tide

    Candyassbammer……….seriously yo? yeah bama is a bunch of cheaters…..thats the best you can make up. The fact that Coleman is not soild to AU kills you and the rest of you delusional scumbags. The kid wasnt fed a bunch of bs by saban i can assure you. All saban has to say to take your top recruit right from your palm is..”If you want to be something in the SEC and be a National title contender then come play for me.” Shon is a bright kid to even consider the change. So please…keep your BS in your part of the state, the only place it counts. ROLL TIDE!

  17. 26
    capstonereport

    Because since it happened, I haven’t read anything as funny or as full of bull shit as what Marshall provided.

    Alas, Alabama needs a Marshall so I can attack too. I remember when I called Bama Online a Pravda.

    Those were the good old days.

  18. 27
    julio

    So you’re saying that your readers need to read Marshall’s blog to get information on Bama’s most heralded recruit defecting from the class? I kinda thought a site that provides “news and commentary about Alabama athletics” would have provided that kind of info.

    PS: What did Marshall even say about it? I don’t see anything on AU Undercover where Allen is even mentioned.

  19. 28
    capstonereport

    Umm, no. The Coleman post above had nothing really to do with Coleman…it was about Marshall. For me to write something I have to be inspired. I may have something on it later that fills the commentary void.

    There will be the daily recruiting update once it gets finished being edited (I’d say in about 30 minutes or so.) It would’ve been done last night but I decided to go to bed at 2 a.m. instead of working on it. And yes, it mentions Allen’s defection.

  20. 30
    BamaHate

    Hey Bammtards,
    Wrong, wrong, wrong. And one of your lineman prospects went to New Mexico over the “tar smelling” dump Tuscaloosa. At least he will get some clean air out there.

    Recruting beat down of little Tattoo (de plane de plane).

  21. 31
    observation

    you should quite listening to finebaum and come up with something original. that way it won’t sound so ignorant and biased. you realize he’s a ut grad.

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