Focused on the Future

One of the top running backs in the state of Iowa and Midwest is looking very closely at his future. After his team bowed out in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, prolific rusher Greg Coleman has switched gears and is now focused on recruiting.

"It was a good season, as far as our team and the things we accomplished," said Coleman, who despite playing in just five games this fall, rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns for 11-3 West. " Obviously I didn't get to achieve the goals that I had set for myself originally, because I was short on games and carries. But I don't look down on the season. I wish we could have won a championship, but things didn't happen that way.

"My recruiting has been heating up. It's getting down to crunch time. I'm starting to get to the point where I want to decide where I want to go. I just got my ACT score, scored like a 21, qualified for the Clearinghouse and got all my schoolwork underway. I'm feeling good there.

The physical 6-foot, 200-pound rusher indicated his top schools, in no particular order, are ISU, Iowa, North Carolina and Oregon. Official visits are in the works for Ames and Chapel Hill, and possibly Eugene.

"I've got a visit set to Iowa State (on Dec. 12), and the coaches from North Carolina and Oregon are coming to my house in the next two weeks," he said. "I should be setting up a visit to North Carolina. I'm not positive about a visit to Oregon, but it may happen.

"Right now I'm sitting at about three or four schools that I like, and one of them is right here in Iowa City. The other is Iowa State, and then North Carolina. I'm really trying to narrow it down and figure out where I want to go."

Coleman said a strong relationship with ISU running backs coach Tony Alford and the outlook in Ames have made the Cyclones an intriguing option.

"Out of all the schools recruiting me, Iowa State offers me the best opportunities I could have athletically, as far as playing time early and in my career," he said. "I could be part of that class that puts a program back where it used it be. That offers me the best chance of that.

"Plus, Coach Alford is a great guy and is probably my favorite coach that I talk to on the phone. He and I talk and are really close. Out of any of the running backs coaches I've talked to, I'm the closest to him. He's an awesome guy. I feel like he's honest with me."

Michigan also offered Coleman a scholarship early in the recruiting process. Asked what his thoughts are on the Wolverines, he said, "Michigan is a great school and I felt great about them offering me. I feel like it's an award, getting offered by a program like Michigan. But I don't think it's the place for me. They've already gotten some running backs this year. I think I need to look elsewhere for a better place that's better suited for me."

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