Greg Coleman: Is He Iowa's Best Running Back?

Coleman has enough speed to get the corner and the extra gear to take it the distance at any time. Coleman reminds me a lot of Musa Smith when the former Georgia Bulldog was in high school. There are only two running back prospects in the Big Ten region that I've seen on film that are better than Greg Coleman Jr.

Greg Coleman Jr., a 6-foot, 212-pound running back from Iowa City West High School is considered one of the best tailback prospects in the Midwest and for good reason.

Coleman rushed for 2,105 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior and he was also a standout on defense making 92 tackles with 16 sacks.

On film, Coleman is a shining star. There's a reason why one of the nation's most storied programs (Michigan) have offered offered Coleman a scholarship.

Coleman is a north-south runner with a very good forward lean. He's good in between the tackles, he protects the football and he's extremely tough to bring down.

Greg has enough speed to get the corner and the extra gear to take it the distance at any time. Coleman reminds me a lot of Musa Smith when the former Georgia Bulldog was in high school.

Coleman looks bigger in person than he does on film. He looked solid and well put together at the (Ann Arbor) Nike Camp.

There are only two running back prospects in the Big Ten region that I've seen on film that are better than Greg Coleman Jr.

Notre Dame-bound Justin Hoskins and Pittsburgh bound Andrew Johnson are the two prospects that I have ranked higher than Coleman, but that doesn't mean things can't change by the end of the year.

One thing that I didn't see Coleman do that both Hoskins and Johnson did very well was catch the ball out of the backfield. Both are great running back prospects that bring the receiver element to the table. We'll be following Greg Coleman Jr. closely in 2003 as will the coaches from Michigan, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas State and others.


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