Terp's Recruiting Target…Michael Coley

2010 prospect Michael Coley from DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) is one of the most sought after defensive backs in the area. The highly regarded safety prospect is being recruited by an impressive list of schools. He recently narrowed down his list and Maryland is right in the thick of things.

Michael Coley is a big defensive back with very good speed. Coley stands6'2" and weighs about 210 lbs. He also runs the forty in 4.45 seconds. Very impressive to say the least. Coley is a very good athlete that covers well and is great in run support. He rarely misses a tackle and takes good angles. He is better suited as a strong safety where he can be brought up to the line to load the box or blitz. He can also rush the passer. Coley could add enough weight that he lines up as linebacker on the next level as well. He is very physical and get sideline to sideline. He can drop and cover one on one but is better in zone coverage.

Maryland offered Coley in his junior year as did many other schools. Coley is one of the best players for the best team in the state and one of the best in the country in DeMatha Catholic High School. He leads a defense that is allowing just ten points per game including four shutouts. In the biggest game of the year against national power and local rival Good Counsel, Coley finished with 8.5 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Coley has multiple offers. He narrowed his list to a final three including Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Maryland has to be able to seal the deal with this hard hitting defensive back. They have to be able to win more recruiting battles in state, especially when they are up against a school as close as Pittsburgh. Maryland has done well with Coley's recruitment. He is the kind of player that can strike fear for any offensive player coming across the middle. Maryland is always in on DeMatha players so they have that going for them as well as the opportunity to get on the field early and contribute. It may not be enough in the end but Maryland has already survived Coley's cut which included some prominent schools like Michigan, Virginia Tech, Cal, Iowa and Boston College. Now if they can beat out Pitt and Syracuse they will have won a big battle. Coley will contribute on special teams immediately and compete for playing time in his second year.

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