With starters Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn set to graduate following the 2009 season, Ole Miss hit the recruiting trail in search of talented cornerbacks who could help fill the void.
The Rebels took a large step in that direction Friday, as Boyd H. Anderson HS product Cliff Coleman chose Oxford as his college home.
"It feels real good," Coleman said of his commitment. "I'm excited. I sat down with my family and felt like Ole Miss was the best place for me to be."
Along with Ole Miss, Coleman claims scholarship offers from Louisville, South Carolina and Miami.
Coleman was also drawing interest from Oregon, Tennessee and West Virginia, with home-state school Florida State making his final two.
"It came down to Ole Miss and Florida State," he said. "I only went to Florida State's camp this summer, but I communicated with Ole Miss a lot. It came down to those two schools. They were the ones showing me the most love, so I just took it from there. When I made my decision, it was Ole Miss."
The 5-foot-11, 175 pounder with 4.4 speed said the possibility of early playing time was a selling point for the Rebels.
"I feel like I can come in and compete," said Coleman. "Hopefully I can get some playing time at the cornerback position."
During previous interviews, Coleman has often praised the Ole Miss coaching staff for keeping in constant contact with the Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. native.
While the coaching staff certainly made his decision a bit easier, Coleman said other factors played a part.
"Really, it wasn't just the coaches," he said. "But the relationship with them played a major part. I feel like Ole Miss was a better place for me than all the other colleges that offered me. I have a real good relationship with (cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Vaughn. He seems like someone who would be able to take care of me for the next four years."
Coleman marks the fourth public commit for Ole Miss, joining Monticello, Ark., safety Brishen Matthews, East Mississippi CC athlete Randall Mackey and College Park, Ga., OLB Clarence Jackson.
Coleman Makes his Choice
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