Missed Junior Day

Last year, Nebraska only grabbed two in-state players on scholarship, but a whole slug of players with join the team from the state of Nebraska as walk-ons. This year, Nebraska already has one in-state commit in Andrew Rodriguez and people are always wondering what other in-state players will get offers. Well, this player might be one to keep an eye on.

Last year, Ron Coleman was a force inside at his defensive tackle position for Omaha (Nebr.) North. The 6-foot-0 and 240-pound Coleman led North to the playoffs last year and had a great individual season.

"I think that we went 10-2," Coleman said. "I had 10 tackles for loss, 67 total tackles, I ran for 810 yards and I had 21 touchdowns as a running back."

Coleman was a big part of North's success on the field and he hauled in a lot of honors as a result of his play. He was really only sure on three of them though.

"I won conference, metro and state honors. I won all of them. The ones that I really know for sure are that I was all-state, super-state and I was also the defensive player of the year."

Coleman really attributes his success on the field because of his ability in another sport that does carry over. Coleman is active from his defensive tackle position that likes to make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

"Wrestling has really played a big part in my development on the football field. I am good with my leverage, keeping a low center of gravity, and when it comes to hand fighting I know how to use my hands really well.

"I like to pursue from my tackle position, but I really like stopping the plays in the backfield. We can end the play on a positive note. I would say I start at the one-technique. I have moved out to tackle and defensive end, but start at the one."

Coleman missed Junior Day in Lincoln because of a conflict that he has set up some time ago. He was scheduled to take the ACT that weekend.

"No, I couldn't. I had to take my ACT. I had registered to take the ACT so long ago that I didn't know that it was the same weekend as Junior Day in Lincoln."

While he missed Junior Day, Coleman isn't unfamiliar with Lincoln. He attended two games last year as an unofficial visitor.

"I went to a couple of games in Lincoln. I was there for the Virginia Tech game, the big game at night, and I was also at the game against Kansas."

Coleman admitted that he does want to go DI in football and that Nebraska has made an impression on his so far. They are definitely on his list of schools to consider.

"I like Nebraska. They are a really cool team and I really like the coaches that they have there. Nebraska is a really good school and they are on my list."

It's just too early to say what other plans Coleman might make this spring and summer because of wrestling. He is just too busy right now to think about another sport.

"I was going to talk to my coach about that after wrestling is over with in March. I will get that situated once the wrestling season is over with."

If you thought Coleman was successful on the football field then you should consider his achievements on the wrestling mat. A varsity wrestler since he was a freshman, he already has two state titles and only 5 losses over three years.

"I am rated #1 in the state as a heavyweight. I won state as a freshman and sophomore at 215-pounds. I lost four matches my freshman year, one my sophomore year and I am undefeated so far this year."


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