Here Comes Duane Coleman

Today it was announced that Duane Coleman has indeed qualified to play football at Clemson University next fall. Coleman was considered the top running back in the state of Florida last season.

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.

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 is known as a strong runner that has great hands and most experts consider him 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.

He'll likely come in and have the opportunity to contribute immediately in the Clemson backfield, even with Bernard Rambert and Keith Kelly firmly locked in as the first and second team running backs.

We will have more on this story throughout the day, however the news was broken by Mickey Plyler on his afternoon radio show. Top Stories