Prolific Tailback Learns From Mistakes

As he prepares for his senior season at Iowa City West, Greg Coleman appears ready to put his off-the-field problems behind him and focus on the positive things in his life. That includes a bright future at the Division I level as a prolific running back, one that's already being mentioned as one of The Insiders' preseason national Top 100 players.

But even with all of his accolades, the 6-foot, 205-pound Greg Coleman is also a humble individual.

"I'm trying to salvage the best things, learn from my mistakes, become a better person, move on and prepare for college," said Coleman, who tallied 2,105 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns last fall. "(My recruiting) has picked back up. It was probably about a month that I had a real quiet period after the incident. But everything is going pretty well right now."

The Iowa State coaching staff has also gained some ground in their recruitment of Coleman, who says Dan McCarney and position coach Tony Alford have made quite an impression on him, not so much as recruiters but as valuable role models.

"I talk to Iowa State all the time," Coleman said. "They have done a real good job staying with me and I've actually come a lot closer to Coach McCarney and Coach Alford since this happened. It's on a personal platform. They have helped me out with some personal things and are real close knit. They have made an impact on me, as far as recruiting. I was actually up there Sunday for a practice. They're just real good guys."

Coleman said he still has contact with Iowa, but the interest is lagging behind other programs such as ISU, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas State, Texas and Texas A&M.

"I haven't been over there in a while, but I still have contact with Iowa," he said. "There have been other teams that have stayed a lot closer with me than I feel like Iowa has. But they're still a very good school and I'm keeping them in mind."

Many considered Coleman to be a recruit that would take multiple visits before making a decision. Is that still the case? All Coleman knows is that he'll be good and ready to take the next step before committing somewhere.

"It's definitely going to be a little bit longer now since that happened," he said. "I think I need a little bit more time so I can prove to myself that I'm doing better and things are working out better for me with school and life all around."

It looks as if Coleman is on his way to doing just that.

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