TX safety has Nebraska offer

The latest craze is safeties that are as big as linebackers and as fast as cornerbacks. The need is for a safety to be effective in coverage as well as defend the run. Oh yeah, you have to be a big hitter. If you head on down to Duncanville, Texas there is a safety that fits that description.

Gremon Coffman is 6-foot-2 and almost 200 pounds. He runs a 4.38/40 and loves to hit. Last season for Duncanville High School he tallied 66 tackles, two interceptions, four fumbles caused and two fumble recoveries.

"I like playing safety because I get to hit people," Coffman said. "I can cover and I can come up and make tackles from the safety position."

Coffman is already bench pressing 255 pounds, squats 395 pounds and has a vertical jump of 36 inches. He's up to 11 offers so far including some from the nation's elite schools.

"I have offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Houston, Nebraska and Missouri. The Nebraska offer is on the way and Missouri said that they were going to offer me."

Although Coffman couldn't remember which Nebraska coach was recruiting him he did say that the coaches have tried to call him. "I've missed their phone calls. Nebraska did come out to the school to see me. I can't remember the coach's name."

"Everyone is recruiting me as a safety except for Kansas State. They said that I might be able to come in and play cornerback for them."

Coffman wants to see a commitment to him to get him on the field early. "I am looking to see if I can play early. I'm also looking at the type of defense they run. I'll look for my major and the classes they offer as well as the graduation rate of the players."

"It doesn't really matter what area the school is in. No, distance doesn't matter. Not really. It's really anywhere I can go and play early."

With distance a non-issue to Coffman that opens the door to Nebraska who is one of the furthest away schools to offer so far. However, the challenge of Nebraska for Coffman is the unknown factor.

"I really don't have any thoughts about Nebraska yet. I've watched them on TV, but I haven't seen how good they are or looked at what defense they run."

Coffman runs track in high school and would contemplate running track in college depending on how good the track team is. It will not be a determining factor. Gremon runs the second leg in the 4x100, the second leg in the 4x200, the 200m, long jump and the triple jump. He has personal bests of 21.1 in the 200m, 22'8" in the long jump, and 44'5" in the triple jump.

He has taken the ACT and plans on re-testing in the fall. On his first attempt he received a 15.

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