Local Star Keeping Hawks in Mind

Last year, the Hawkeyes were not able to continue an annual streak of signing at least one hometown prospect. Hopefully, that will change next year as West High's RB Greg Coleman will be one of the most heavily recruited players in the midwest. Will the Hawks be able to keep the hometown star in check?

Greg Coleman was a year away on Feburary 5th from signing his letter of intent, but he still received an experience that will last a lifetime.

"Michigan just sort of showed up to the front door of our school and offered me a scholarship," Greg said. "That was very cool. I was not expecting it at all."

Greg has already been offered by Iowa, Iowa State, and Michigan. He is also receiving strong interest at this point from Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas State, and Oregon. While he is wide open, he does know loyalty will matter.

"I don't have any sort of favorite right now, but I definitely have more love for the schools that offered early. I'm not going to be making an early decision, but those schools will stick out more."

So does Coleman have any alliegance to his hometown Hawkeyes?

"They will be one of my top schools. The coaching staff is made up of great people, and is very honest. I can tell they care about me. A lot of other schools just care about adding me to the program. The Iowa coaches make me feel at home, and they are a program on the rise."

Coleman, at 6'0 205 (4.51), contains a mixture of power and speed. Exactly how would he describe his best attributes as a running back?

"You believe something won't happen, and then I make it happen. I have very good explosiveness and patience. I will wait for holes to develop, and I hit them right when its there witout hesitation."

That type of style is exactly what Coach Ferentz and others will be salivating over the next year. So what type of school will Greg be looking to employ his running style?

"I want to play at an early stage in my career. The school also has to have good academics. I'll be mainly looking for a good blend of those two factors."

Will distance be a problem?

"It could depending on the situation. If I feel there are good enough reasons to attend the school then it likely will not matter."

Coleman, along with Cedar Rapids Washington WR Adrian Arrington, were the two lone Iowa underclassman to attend Nike Camp last year. They plan to both attend the April 26th camp at Ann Arbor this spring. Could the two end up being a tandem for one school?

"Definitely, we are good friends. We are planning on attending the same school. Something may come along to cancel it out, but we are going to try."


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