Ohio Junior Is One To Watch

Warren Harding defeated Cleveland Heights 34-28 last Friday in one of Ohio's top games. The Raiders punished Heights on the ground, with over 350 rushing yards. Junior fullback John Coleman was effective as both a lead blocker and as a runningback.

One of the unsung stars for Warren Harding last week in their big win over Cleveland Heights was junior fullback John Coleman. The big back was responsible for all five touchdowns in a 34-28 win.

Coleman, 5-foot-10, 215-pounds, rushed 13 times for 89 yards and scored four touchdowns in the win. He also was a devastating lead blocker, enabling tailback LeShun Daniels to run for over 200-yards and score once.

"We played four quarters of solid football tonight, and that's why won this game," Coleman stated. "We were physical the whole game, and we really tried to take it to Heights tonight. We never gave up when we were behind, and we always believed we were going to win this game."

Although not the primary runner for the Raiders, Coleman made good use of 13 carries, scoring four touchdowns and picking up key first downs.

"I just do whatever the coaches ask me to do, "he added. "I love blocking for LeShun, and I love running the football too. I'm a football player, and I try to play the game hard. I need to work on getting faster, but I can do pretty much whatever I'm asked to do out there, and I won't back down from anyone."

Coleman is not on the recruiting radar just yet, and holds no offers, but he is a player that has the talent to play at the next level.

"Nobody has offered me yet, and not many schools are showing any interest yet," he admitted. "I want to play college football some day, and I would love to have the chance. I like all the Big Ten schools like Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. I'm interested in all schools really."

EVALUATION: Coleman is a pure, hard-nosed football player, and one that plays the game in a physical fashion. Although the fullback position is not as valuable anymore at the college level, this kid really loves being a lead blocker and is extremely good at it. Coleman is also a strong, inside power runner, and he should get his chance at tailback next year with the graduation of LeShun Daniels. There has to be a spot for this kid at the next level.

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