Tevin Coleman placed in two events in the Class 2-A Illinois State track championship. He was second in the long jump at 23'-0 1/4", and he placed fourth in the 100 meters at 10.86 against the wind. But football is his future.
The 6'-1", 190 pounder has blazing speed and great moves as a running back. He now has 9 scholarship offers.
"I have offers from Minnesota, West Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, most of the Big 10."
These have all come to him recently. He says he likes the popularity, but it comes with mixed blessings.
"Yeah, very much. It's been exciting, and difficult at times when coaches are calling, I've got to visit, and making a big decision. It's gonna be real hard."
It appears he has an early favorite, if only because it is the only school he has visited.
"The only one I've seen is Michigan State. It's a good school, and I like them very much. In a couple weeks, I'm probably gonna come visit in Champaign and see what it's like. It's probably gonna be after the camps."
Coleman has several traits that make him an outstanding running back prospect.
"My balance, my speed, and I break tackles. I probably prefer running outside. I also have big hands for receiving."
He admits to one failing, something that haunted former Illini Rashard Mendenhall until he finally broke the habit. In both cases, they say it helps the maintain balance when they run.
"Sometimes, I have a tendency to carry the ball a little loosely. Running is easier that way. I need to learn to carry it tighter. That's probably one of my weaknesses."
He is uncertain whether to major in Criminal Justice or Sports Medicine. Coleman knows what he wants in a college.
"Academics. I want to graduate and get a degree, that's one of the first things. The next thing is the relationship with the players and coaches and how the program works. The roster, the environment of the school."
The supremely confident Oak Forest star knows the formula for his team's success on the football field this fall.
"We're gonna be all right. If they give me the ball, we're gonna make it. You know what I'm saying?"
Those wanting Coleman's services need to be patient.
"I'll probably make up my mind after the football season. Whenever I make a decision."