Coach Says Coleman a Diamond in the Rough

Chester, South Carolina athlete Marquis Coleman was one of the surprise performers at Michigan's summer camp last week and the Wolverines will be keeping tabs on him this fall. GoBlueWolverine spoke recently with his high school coach Victor Floyd and he shed light on the extent of his young pupil's talent. There is a very distinct reason why he has flown below the radar thus far.

Every year Michigan’s summer camp serves as a platform for many unheralded players to emerge from anonymity and make names for themselves. This year, one such player could be Chester, South Carolina athlete Marquis Coleman. The speedy two-way prospect was only on campus for one day, but in that short time he made his presence felt while working out at both wide receiver at defensive back. His high school coach, Victor Floyd, isn’t surprised by his young pupil’s performance.

“Marquis is a utility guy,” Floyd said. “He has been measuring out at 6-0, 175-pounds. His forty can be anywhere from 4.45 to 4.52. Last year he touched the ball right at 100 times and had 1000 yards and 19 touchdowns. At corner he had 58 tackles, five interceptions, and he ran a couple of those back for touchdowns. He played running back and corner last year. This year we’re going to play him at wideout and free safety. He’ll play situational corner.”

Coleman’s head-turning performance in Ann Arbor may be the first of many to come. According to his coach, the more the youngster is seen, the greater the buzz about him grows.

“He loved (the Michigan camp),” said Floyd. “He just loved it. It sounds like they liked him too. He has been to Michigan and to Alabama…and Alabama was the same way. He had a great camp there too. They like him. He went down there and was in the top two out of 57 DBs. Their situation is they only have thirteen scholarships this year. They’re going to sign two DB’s and they already have one commit. They have three offers on the table for one spot right now. They’re still trying to make a way to make him an offer.”

“Marquis is probably one of the most under-exposed kids I’ve had,” Floyd continued. “Last year was his first year of football. He was playing just baseball and basketball. People don’t realize that. His upside is so tremendous. He could be…woo! If he had been playing football, I think he would easily be a top 100 player in the country.”

Coleman’s relative inexperience in football may have caused him to be widely overlooked thus far, but that is slowly starting to change…especially out of state.

“Actually there is not a lot of interest (from the in-state schools),” said Floyd. “He is getting much more interest from schools out of state. Virginia Tech is real interested. He is headed there next Saturday. North Carolina State is very interested. Iowa has contacted me. They’re very interested. Colorado. It has mainly been people out state. To me, there is not a better DB in this state than him. I’ve seen some of the kids they have rated pretty high. They have (a corner from South Carolina) rated pretty highly, and it’s not even close. Marquis is better. Projection wise, Marquis could be a real special player if he is in the right system that knows how to utilize him. The thing about him is he could probably be a wide receiver, corner, or a safety. He is a three position guy at the next level. At Michigan’s camp he only went to one session with the wide receivers, and Toledo offered him.”

Many programs, including Michigan, have indicated that they will wait to see some of Coleman’s senior film before deciding whether offer. That suits the youngster just fine according to his coach. That just gives more schools time to notice this versatile prospect.

“Really at this point I think he’s wide open,” Floyd said. “I think he is definitely headed out of state. He is listening to everybody. He has offers from Kentucky, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Toledo…South Carolina says they’re going to offer but it hasn’t happened. Like I said…a lot of people just don’t know about him. I only had four division-one schools come through in the spring. Everybody that has really taken time to really evaluate him has been impressed.”

“What we’re looking at right now is getting some offers that he is really interested in,” continued Floyd. “He feels as though he can play at a prime time program, and I feel that way too. I’ve got kids at Florida State, North Carolina State, and North Carolina. This kid is in the mix.”

GoBlueWolverine will have more from Coleman in the coming days.

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