Texas DT Talks To Coker; Likes UM

One of the top defensive line prospects in the state of Texas, this talented tackle talked about his discussion with University of Miami coach Larry Coker in May, and also talked about why he'd like to make a visit to UM.

Just like any other recruiting season, the University of Miami is busy recruiting defensive linemen in the state of Texas. Earlier this month I profiled defensive end Jarvis Moss and today it's Dallas (Skyline) standout Steven Coleman.

At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, Coleman is already a full academic qualifier with a 3.2 GPA and 940 SAT score. He's been playing football for several years now.

"I've been playing ball since I was about 9 or 10," Coleman told me. "I've always been an offensive/defensive lineman. When I started high school in 9th grade I was already about 6-3 and 255."

Coleman, who does not compete in any other varsity sports, said he's busy this summer preparing for a big senior campaign.

"I've been working a lot this summer on agility drills," he said. "We're running and lifting every day, and I'm trying to improve my quickness every day."

Coleman drew quickness from college coaches in May, as they were trying to get an early jump on his recruitment.

"I had lots of calls from places like [Texas] A&M, Texas, Florida, Miami, and several others," he said. "I have seven scholarship offers right now – Boston College, Kansas State, Colorado, West Virginia, Arizona State, UCLA, and Oklahoma State."

The talented defensive tackle said he's wide open at this point and doesn't have an early leader picked out just yet.

"I'm keeping my options open," he said. "I would like to visit Miami, Colorado, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Florida during or after the season this year. I'm not worried about staying in state. If the best place for me is out of state, I'll leave."

Coleman talked about the Hurricanes and his particular conversation with coach Larry Coker.

"I talked to their head coach," he said. "Coach Coker said they liked me and will be recruiting me throughout the year. He talked a lot about the academics and that type of stuff. Miami hasn't offered me yet."

"I like Miami a lot," he said. "They're a real good school with a real good football program. They seem to have a good environment there and they are losing a lot of players at my position within the next couple years. I just don't know a whole lot about them right now so that's why I want to take a visit out there later in the year."

I asked the standout lineman about his goals for his senior year.

"The only goal I'm worried about is helping the team win the state championship," he said. "That's what it's all about."

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