Adam Coleman Picks Up First Offer

Adam Coleman, a 6-3.5, 256-pound DT out of Bettendorf (Iowa) HS, has picked up first offer. Read about his ACC offer and his weekend visit to the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend in this premium recruiting update.

Adam Coleman, 6-3.5, 256 pound defensive line prospect from Bettendorf (Iowa) HS picked up his first offer just a few days before attending Iowa's junior day.

"Last week I received my first scholarship offer from Duke," Coleman said. "(I'm also hearing from) Indiana, TCU, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, and Iowa State."

After offering, Duke has jumped to the top of his list.

"Definitely Duke is #1 right now," Coleman said. "They're the only school right now who's willing to pay for my college education. I'm not going to commit there right now just because they're the first ones to offer. I'm just going to keep looking at some other schools."

When asked if there was a specific offer he was hoping for, he went back to the one he has now from the Blue Devils.

"I really wanted to get an offer from Duke, and I got that," he said. "They're such a great school, they're in the ACC, which is a great league. 70% of their starters last year were either freshmen or sophomores, so they're definitely a building team and it'd be cool to be a part of that."

Coleman spent Saturday in Iowa City, meeting plenty of Iowa coaches, which he listed off relatively easily.

"I got to talk to Coach Doyle, he's a real neat guy," Coleman said. "I talked to Coach Ferentz, Coach Eric Johnson, Reese Morgan was a little late because he had to fly in. He was in Colorado the night before at a coaches clinic. He had to rush back to Iowa City, so I got to talk to him a little bit. He's a great coach.

"I also got to talk to their new DL coach (Rick Kaczenski.) He seems like a very young and energetic coach, which is good. You want a coach with a lot of energy and intensity."

Coleman attended the Iowa basketball game against Illinois and sat courtside with several other in-state prospects, and became friends with a few of them.

"I talked to some of the guys from Des Moines Lincoln, Adam Robinson and L.J. Gamblin," he said. "Those guys are really cool, I like them a lot. Definitely two kids I could see playing with. I got a chance to talk to them quite a bit. We just kind of hung around each other the whole day."

Coleman is looking for a great football program, but he's keeping his head squarely on his shoulders and realizing what decisions are best for his future.

"Only 3% of guys in college go on to the pros," Coleman said. "That'd be great, it's always been a dream of mine to go to the NFL, but you've got to look at a backup plan. Academics at the school will be a huge part.

"The coaching staff, you want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff because you'll be spending 4 or 5 years with them. Obviously the atmosphere of the school, it's great to have good fans. Those three things are huge."

Coleman had a huge impact on Bettendorf's 10-2 season record, as he racked up 77 tackles, 40 of them solo, 16 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He was quick to give credit to a teammate, however.

"It wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for Josh Gabelmann, that's for sure," Coleman said. "He was getting double-teamed on just about every play, so that allowed me to make a lot of the plays I did."

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