Fullerton (Calif.) Troy running back Derrick Coleman (6-0, 223) camped at UCLA this past weekend and his strong performance earned him an offer from the Bruins. He also didn't need much time to make a choice, committing to UCLA on Sunday.
"I talked to Coach (Karl) Dorrell today at around 12 and told him I was committing to UCLA," said Coleman. "Coach Dorrell and Coach Babers talked with me and I also talked to Coach Scott and Coach Norvell. They're bringing me in as a running back, either fullback or tailback."
Coleman said that his goal this weekend was to impress the coaching staff enough to net an offer, and though it took great pains, he said it was worth it.
"I gave it all I got," said Coleman. "My back hurt, my legs are all sore, but I wouldn't stop. I rolled my ankle a little bit on the first play. But I never stopped. I knew I had to go all out."
Some in attendance said that Coleman was the best running back there on Saturday, and he felt pretty good about what he did.
"Going by what they said about me, I feel really good and confident," said Coleman. "I feel like I have a good relationship with them and that meant a lot."
Coleman said that Dorrell told him to call Saturday evening, which he did, and he was told about the offer.
"I talked to my dad about it, my mom, my sister and my brother and we decided it was the best thing to do," said Coleman. "I mean, I could have waited, but how much better can it get when it's this close to home, a good academic school like UCLA and a good program? It was easy for me to make my decision."
Coleman said the offer more than anything was a relief, but the excitment of playing for the local school also was meaningful.
"I get to stay close by and now just focus on my senior year of football," said Coleman.
Coleman is coming off a memorable junior year, in which he was a second team all-state underclass pick after he rushed for 2,340 yards and 37 touchdowns (180 ypg, 10.6 ypc), earning Freeway League MVP and CIF-SS Division Player of the Year honors as well, despite splitting the running back duties.