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.