Coleman Close to Making it 10 UA Grid Commits

After a standout performance at last weekend's UA Seniors Camp, Camden Fairview star Rod Coleman got a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks and says he may commit to Arkansas in the next day or so.

Don't be surprised if the University of Arkansas football commit list gets up to 10 in the next few days.

Superb Camden Fairview athlete Rod Coleman said late Monday afternoon that he is close to pulling the trigger to committing to the Razorbacks.

"That's what I am thinking about doing," Coleman said. "I want to talk it over with my family, but it doesn't get any better than Arkansas."

Arkansas offered the 6-2, 180-pound Coleman a scholarship after he attended this weekend's UA Seniors Camp and wowed on-lookers with his speed and athletic ability.

Coleman, also a standout basketball player for the Cardinals, blazed to a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash and then leaped 35 inches in the vertical jump portion of the camp.

"I was happy with my 40 time and happy with the jump," Coleman said. "I guess Arkansas was, too. I got back home and they let me know about the scholarship offer. I was very happy to hear about it."

Coleman has been offered football scholarships by Jackson State and Arkansas State also, but most of his interest has actually come from roundball programs.

"There's been Ole Miss, SMU Arkansas State, UALR, Wichita State and UAB," Coleman said. "I love basketball, but I also love football and I think football only is probably the way for me to go."

Coleman, who could play either wideout or defensive back in college, actually is the signal caller for Camden Fairview, the same school that produced former Razorback All-American offensive lineman and Philadelphia Eagles No. 1 draft pick Shawn Andrews.

From his quarterback spot, he passed for 671 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 641 yards and another 8 scores.

For good measure, he caught two passes for 98 yards and took both to the house for a team that went 8-3 and made the playoffs.

His signature game was one against Hope where he had touchdown runs of 48 and 56 yards, had a 25 touchdown pass and then hauled in a short pass and took it 75 yards for another score.

He was so important to the Camden Fairview offense that they didn't let him play defense or return kicks for fear of injury to the playmakers.

"I'll be back at quarterback again this year, but I think I'll end up being a wide receiver on the college level," Coleman said. "I just want to help whatever team I am on win."

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