Offensive tackle Martin Coleman (6-7, 295, 4.9) from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison is what you would call a fast learner or quick study. This young man has only played one year of football, but he is quickly becoming one of fastest rising prospects on the West Coast.
After spending most of his young life on the Island Kingdom of Tonga, he came to the United States due his father's illness.
Coleman had a burning desire to fulfill his father's wishes of coming to the United States to realize his vast potential as a student and an athlete.
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In one short year on the gridiron, Coleman earned all-league. Remember in the prior year he was playing rugby in Tonga and had never played the game before.
Coleman was impressive in his one year as a football player that he already has three offers on the table and has set his first official visit.
The talented behemoth from Huntington Beach received his first offer from Ole Miss then Nebraska and Utah quickly followed.
The Cornhuskers really stepped up to the plate and has offered Coleman an official visit, which he has accepted.
"We will be going to Nebraska for their opening game on September 2nd," Coleman's guardian Clark Christensen said. "I don't know who they are playing but we are excited about going."
"Miami has also been showing Martin a lot of attention lately," Christensen said. "They have been text messaging him quite a bit."
"Martin has been invited to USC's junior day on April 2nd and he will attend," Christensen said. "He is also scheduled to attend USC's rising senior camp on June 26-29."
"Miami and Nebraska are recruiting Martin the hardest right now," Christensen said. "But he's receiving letters from everybody."
Coleman is working hard in the off-season to become the best that he can be. He currently benches 300 pounds and when you take into consideration his long wingspan you understand what good lift that is. He is also benching 185 pounds, 23 times.
Don't be surprised if Coleman becomes one of the most sought after linemen on the west coast.
Addendum to this story. After writing this story the Oregon Ducks became the first Pac 10 college to formally offer Coleman a scholie in writing. It came in on March 22, 2006.