High School (Hometown): West High (Iowa City)
Notes: Off-field issues aside, Coleman is still a big-time running back prospect, the likes of which the state of Iowa has not seen since Bettendorf's Tavian Banks. (Although different in running style.) Coleman has played varsity for the Trojans since his freshman season and has nearly 4,000 career rushing yards to show for it. Earned 4-A all-state accolades last season after rushing for 2,108 yards and leading West to the state semifinals after a two-year playoff absence. Also played defensive end for West, where he recorded 15 sacks last year. Received early offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Michigan and interest has been shown from the likes of Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and UCLA. Was part of West's state-qualifying 4 x 100 meter team as a sophomore. Was third-ranked wrestler in Iowa 4A at 189-pound weight class as a junior but did not compete in the state meet due to a sprained ankle. GPA is 2.6.
Let's go to the film…
Positives: Has a good, thick, athletic build. Runs with outstanding pad level, causes tacklers to bounce off of him, has a great lean and always gets a couple more yards than you expect him to, can lower his head and pick up extra yardage, shows very good shiftiness, instincts and a reasonably good burst in the open field, shows good elusiveness as a punt and kick returner, can quickly exploit a seam into a 20-25 yard gain, outran a safety who had the angle for a 70-yard TD in film I watched.
Negatives: West runs a quick-to-the-line, quick-snap offense, which could spell some adjustment time for Coleman in college – meaning, the offense relies on catching the defense out of position and outquicking them off of the ball, former West High and Hawkeye RB Carlos Honore ran out of the same offense and had difficulty adjusting to the timing in college, does not show a lot of patience in setting up his blockers, unknown as to how well he catches the football.
Summary: If WDM Valley's Jason Scales is like Fred Russell, then Coleman is more similar to Iowa's Jermelle Lewis. Reminds me a lot of former Virginia Tech RB Lee Suggs but is actually already bigger than him. Has some similarities to former Hawk Ladell Betts, but I think Coleman could be a half step quicker. Overall rating: 4.2.