Donald Coleman at this time last year, was waiting and hoping for an offer, relatively unknown as a recruit. This year, after his move from Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Mich.) to the Hun School, Coleman has gotten himself noticed amongst a bevy of talent.
"We have a great team and a lot of schools come through. Our guys combined have 90-plus offers, so I've been working hard to get bigger and stronger," Coleman said, "I'm a solid 207 (at 6'0) and I can break 4.5 every time. The fastest I got clocked at was 4.46 but only once."
A linebacker at St, Mary's, Coleman has played safety and running back this season and has done well at both positions. So well in fact, that he recently picked up offer number one.
"North Carolina State offered me Friday," he reported, "Coach Reed, the defensive backs coach offered me at my school on the spot."
The Wolfpack are recruiting him as a strong safety. "I think they're cool," he said of them, "they need safety help. I like them also because they are my first offer and that means they are willing to take a chance on me, so I'm happy about that."
At this point, Coleman is also hearing from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Miami (Ohio), Iowa, South Florida, Army and Duke. Several of those programs have come through the Hun School and talked to Coleman and as a result, he is not ready to make any decisions just yet.
"I don't know," he admitted on a commitment date, "It's the first offer, so I will see what happens after Thanksgiving. A lot of people like me, but I'm definitely going to visit NC State."
Duke is believed to be recruiting Coleman as either a strong safety or outside linebacker.