2002 Profile: RB Duane Coleman

RB Duane Coleman rushed for 2,814 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading Naples to its first 5A state title and he's down to three schools: Clemson, Ohio State, and Miami. We've got the latest on this big time running back from the Sunshine State.

Duane Coleman (5'10, 185) is a standout running back from Naples, Florida who will be in Clemson for several days beginning Monday, January 21st.

Coleman rushed for over 2,800 yards and 33 touchdowns this past season for Naples High. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, caught a TD pass, and returned a fumble for a score during his incredible year. And he did all of this while helping lead his team to a 12-2 record and the 5A state champship.

Coleman is known as a strong back that has great hands and is considered a dual threat out of the backfield. The Sunshine Network named him their player of the year for all classifications, and that speaks volumes about this athlete when you consider all of the talent in state of Florida.

Highlights of Coleman's 2001 season included a 301-yard, 6 TD game against Estero High and a 295-yard game against Fort Myers. In the state championship game, Coleman capped his high school career with 203 yards and a touchdown as Naples beat Tampa Chamberlain 21-17 for the title. Coleman has offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and Miami, but he has narrowed his list down to the Tigers, Hurricanes, and Buckeyes.

As of now, Coleman does not have the minimum ACT or SAT scores required to play for a Division I program, so qualifying is a concern, but he is retaking the SAT after he finishes his official visits in two weeks.

We will update you on Duane Coleman as he concludes his visit to Clemson later this week.

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