"I just went with my gut feeling, trusting in Shaka [Smart]," Coleman told Scout. "He's been recruiting me forever. I trust what he's saying, that the ball is in my hands from day one. Just watching them play, they play up and down and my type of basketball and they need a steady playmaker to make life easier for them."
Coleman, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, took an official visit to Texas during the weekend of October 29th. He also took official visits to Duke and Stanford.
"They stayed consistent," Coleman said about the Longhorns. "Even when they were at VCU, they stayed consistent. When they went to Texas I was the second guy they offered when he got the job, I knew that it was real. I don't think he was just selling it."
Coleman is currently regarded as the No. 9 point guard and the No. 34 overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.
“Matt is the consummate point guard,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told Scout. “He's a pass first guard who always is looking to make plays for his teammates. He knows when a teammate needs a touch and he has a knack for involving everyone in the offense and making each player better that he plays with.”
“I like that he also has the ability to shoot the three and that he has a great one and two dribble pull up game,” he added.
Texas now has four players ranked among Scout’s top 100 prospects in their 2017 recruiting class. Coleman joins four-star recruits Jase Febres, Jericho Sims and Royce Hamm to make up their current class.
The addition of Coleman moves Texas’ recruiting class up to No. 7 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings.