Iowa 1st to Offer Coleman, Others Following

Iowa was the first school to offer Donte Coleman a scholarship. The Texas tight end has seen eight more schools do the same since the Hawkeyes jumped in. He spoke with HI about Iowa and his recruitment overall.

When a wide receiver is viewed as a potential tight end, it's usually because he's big and can catch. The hope is that he'll develop as a player who can put his hand in the ground and pave the way for running backs.

West Mesquite (TX) High's Donte Coleman says he doesn't fit that mold.

"My highlight tape speaks for itself," he said. "I can catch the football well but on my highlight tape the blocking stands out."

Most recruiting services, including Scout.com, list the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior as a wide receiver in their data bases. Coleman said colleges are pursuing him as a tight end.

Iowa was the first school to offer Coleman a scholarship, he said. Arizona State, Boise State, California, Kansas State, Rice, SMU, Texas Tech and Washington have followed.

Coleman said TCU also is recruiting him steadily. He's scheduled to visit its campus this weekend.

"I'm taking (recruiting) slow right now," he said. "The No. 1 thing is the system and second comes the education. I'm just trying to make the right decision. I'm going to take it slow and learn as much as I can about the schools and coaches. When I make my decision, I want to make sure it's the right one. I don't want to feel rushed about it."

Iowa has impressed Coleman. The Hawkeyes showed first that they believed in him by offering a scholarship.

"With the whole Iowa thing, me and Coach (Bobby) Kennedy have been keeping in touch for some time. I knew the Iowa offer was coming," Coleman said. "We've been talking a lot and the amount of interest he was showing and how much he said they liked me, I just knew it was coming."

Kennedy is building a relationship with the Texas prospect.

"Coach Kennedy is real cool. He's real down to earth. I love talking to Coach Kennedy," Coleman said.

Coleman, who wants to major in sports journalism, has researched the Hawkeye program.

"I know Iowa is a great system for tight ends. They put tight ends in the NFL," he said.

Coleman hopes to visit Iowa in the upcoming months. He knows the climate is different than Mesquite, where the average temperature is 65 or about 20 degrees warmer than the Hawkeye State.

"Weather doesn't really bother me. That won't be a factor in my decision," he said.


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