One year ago at this time, Chester, South Carolina athlete Marquis Coleman had no idea he would be staring major Division 1 scholarship offers in the face. After having tried his hand at a few sports with moderate success, it just didn't seem possible. His fortunes changed entirely, though, when decided to put on the football pads his junior year.
"I like sports and I was going to find one that I was good at," Coleman said regarding why he finally picked up the pigskin last season. "At first I didn't know how good I was, but my coach told me."
His coach at Chester High, Victor Floyd, informed a number of college programs as well. One of those conversations led to Coleman's attendance at Michigan's camp last week where he quickly established himself as one of the prospects the Wolverines will follow closely in the fall.
"They called my coach and told him they wanted to see me," said Coleman. "My coach told me that we were going to go up there. He told me there aint nothing like Michigan. I had a good time up there. A real good time. I liked the campus and everything."
Michigan appeared to be just impressed with Coleman after witnessing him work out at cornerback and wide receiver during his one-day camp stay. His performance led to a meeting with Coach Carr prior to his departure.
"(Coach Carr) told me that it was good of me to come to Michigan and that it will help me get more exposure," Coleman recalled. "He told me that they were going to be recruiting me real hard through the season. I talked to Coach English and Coach English too and they told me the same thing."
Coleman lists South Carolina, Alabama, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Kentucky (offer) as the schools he is considering most heavily right now. That may change depending on what programs he hears from in the coming months. One thing he insists will not change, though, is the standing of two of the programs on his aforementioned list.
"Michigan and Alabama are going to be at the top," said Coleman.
"Alabama and Michigan are kind of similar to me. I've had a good time everywhere
I've been. I'm going to Virginia Tech July 8th for a visit.
I don't really have a top list yet, but I will soon because I'm narrowing down my choices."
When asked if he agreed with Coach Floyd's comment about it being likely that he'd head out of state, Coleman indicated that he did.
"Probably so," he said. "Distance won't be a factor for me."