May 4, 2006

Behind the Verbal

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison offensive tackle Martin Coleman had scholarship offers from schools all over the country, but at this time just over a year ago, Coleman didn't even call this country home.

Coming from the tiny island of Vavau', located in the Kindom of Tonga, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound rugby star will now conquering the states as a Trojan.

With his father suffering from congestive heart failure, the family decided to send Coleman to Huntington Beach, where his sister Jennifer and her husband, Clark Christensen, live. Coleman's transition from Tonga to America may have been even more seamless than his transition from rugby to football.

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