NC State became the first school to offer a scholarship to Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School prospect Donald Coleman recently, and the Michigan-native is showing a lot of interest in the Pack.
The 6-0, 207-pound prospect lines up at linebacker for The Hun School but projects as a strong safety at the next level. That’s where the NC State coaches want him to play, and it’s a transition that he believes will go smoothly, wherever he ends up.
“I play linebacker but it was kind of like a hybrid linebacker. I was really a linebacker out in space where I had to cover a lot, so I wasn’t in the box all the time. It was kind of like a strong safety but not a true strong safety. It was more like a rover, really.”
It didn’t take long for the Pack to offer Coleman once they saw what he is capable of.
“They offered me the Friday before Thanksgiving, I believe,” he recalled. “Coach Reid came up to my school and once he saw me in person he offered me on the spot. That was the first time they had seen me.
“My prep school coach up here told me they were interested that Tuesday and they came up that Friday. Right now they’re my only offer so I’m definitely considering them. I really like them a lot. The last couple of weeks I watched their games and they seem like a program coming up. They offered me first, so that means they like me. I’m still going to wait around a little while, though.”
Playing at a prep school with a lot of talent, Coleman knows what to expect when it comes to recruiting. On Wednesday alone he expected coaches from seven different schools to swing by.
While others are showing a lot of interest, NC State has shown the most up to this point.
“I talked to Coach Reid again on Sunday and he said he was going to try to set up a trip for me to come down there on (December) 5. I’m not sure if that’s set in stone, but it will probably be this weekend.”
In addition to NC State, Coleman has been hearing from UConn, Iowa, Miami-OH, North Carolina, South Florida and Wake Forest.