Coleman Discusses Recruitment

Deshawn Coleman has become a hot prospect after a stellar junior season. The talented running back has been to two junior day events and a leader has emerged.

Hickory (Pa.) junior running back Deshawn Coleman attended a junior day event at West Virginia shortly after signing day and he was at Penn State on Saturday.

"I was at West Virginia two weeks ago and they offered me," Coleman said. "I really liked it a lot there. Coach (Dana) Holgorsen said he really liked me and that he would really like to coach me. He told me they need me there.

"We went to a basketball game, they played Louisville. It was a good trip. I really liked everything about it the coaches, the football, the campus and the academics. They are my leader right now."

Coleman ventured to University Park on Saturday for the Nittany Lions first junior day under new head coach Bill O'Brien.

"We got there early Saturday and we went to this team room and Coach (Bill) O'Brien was talking to the group. We toured the campus and then they took us on buses to Beaver Stadium.

"We ate lunch and then some of the players came and spoke to us. I didn't really get a chance to talk to any of the coaches. It was an OK trip, but I wasn't really feeling it. I went to the Eastern Michigan and Illinois games this year and it was different. The atmosphere was great for the games."

Coleman has also been hearing from Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Miami and Pittsburgh.

"Ohio State just contacted my coach. I'm probably going to go to a junior day at Pitt, but they haven't scheduled one yet and I might go visit Miami."

Coleman ran for 2,381 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. He earned First Team All-State Class AA honors.

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