Fast Forward: 2011 prospect Marquise Coleman

Marquise Coleman played defensive back and wide receiver at times last fall as Eaglecrest High School went 6-6, but he also was thrust into the quarterback role and held his own, considering he had never played the position before. Get inside for more on a recruit you will be hearing more from in the next year.

"It was pretty good," Marquise Coleman said. "I got to reach some goals I haven't reached in my life. Going past the first round of the playoffs and leading a team at a position I never played in my life."

Coleman, 6-foot, 165 pounds, said he will do whatever is necessary to help his team win next season, but he believes he will play defensive back and running back as a senior next fall. He has a bold answer when asked where he would prefer to play at the college level.

"If I could, I would like to play on both," he said. "Pull a Deion Sanders."

Coleman said he is hearing from Colorado and Colorado State in recruiting so far. He attended Colorado's junior day earlier this month and came away feeling good about the Buffs. He will attend junior day in Fort Collins this weekend.

Coleman was coached briefly last summer by former Buff J.J. Billingsley, who was helping out with the Eaglecrest program before he landed a job and had to give up his part-time coaching.

Coleman said he considers Colorado his favorite at this point, but he is keeping all his options open. He said he always has been interested in Miami, but he doesn't know if being a Hurricane is realistic at this point. He also is interested in Michigan, where his cousin, Cato June, played. June has played the past seven seasons in the NFL with three different franchises.

Another cousin, Andrew Davis, is a wide receiver at Oregon and will be a senior next fall. Davis was recruited to CU out of Montbello three years ago, but chose Oregon.

Coleman said he will take the recruiting process slow over the next year and make a decision when he is confident he has found the right fit for him. He said Colorado coaches have encouraged him to keep his grades up and he admits he has ground to make up academically from earlier in his high school career. He said he plans to take the ACT in April.

"I would go there," Coleman said of CU. "I like the school. I like being in Colorado."

BuffStampede Top Stories