Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School safety Donald Coleman had to wait a while to realize his dream of playing major college football. After his senior season in high school came and went without serious interest from any division one colleges, Coleman decided to spend a year at prep school for another shot at exposure.
That move paid off a couple of weeks ago when NC State defensive back’s coach Mike Reed made a visit to The Hun School and extended Coleman his first offer. Coleman talked with Pack Pride about his reaction.
“It was great. It was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me because ever since I was little, I wanted to play division one football. When coach Reed came up to see me, he offered me on the spot and it was great.
“That was why I like NC State so much because they were willing to take a shot with me before anybody else. So, I had to go to prep school to get it but it’s like a dream come true.”
At 6-0, 207 pounds, Coleman spent this past year at linebacker but is being recruited as a strong safety by NC State. The Wolfpack isn’t the only team to take notice as a couple of additional schools have since jumped on board with offers.
“Iowa offered me,” said Coleman. “They want me to come up for an official next weekend with my teammate, Nolan McMillan. I’ve also got an offer from Delaware as well. But Iowa and State are my favorites right now. I haven’t seen Iowa but NC State really impressed me. I’m high on them right now.”
The Pack got their shot at hosting Coleman this past weekend as he was in town for his official visit along with his father. He indicated that the trip couldn’t have gone much better.
“I was with Earl (Wolff) and Corico Hawkins was with me also and his host was Sterling Lucas,” he said. “So even though Earl was my host it was like I had two hosts because they had me and Corico together.
“It was fun. They just told me that their program is on the rise and if I wanted to be a part of something great I should come down there. I felt good about that and I truly believe that because everywhere coach O’Brien has been, it’s been a success. I believe if I get in there and learn the system with coach Reed, I can play. I’m not saying right away or anything but if I work hard and do my best then I’m going to play.”
One of the keys for NC State as they try to land Coleman has been the work of coach Reed. It was obvious that he made a big impression on the prep defender over the weekend.
“Being with coach Reed was one of the highlights for me,” said Coleman. “We were just going over coverages and the system that they run.
“I enjoyed seeing the facilities and meeting with the strength coach. He went through some of the things they do to prevent injuries. That really sold my dad because he’s a big fitness guy.”
Coleman indicated that a final decision could come as early as this week although it may ultimately be after his trip to Ames next weekend.
“ I’ve got to talk to my dad because even though I was with him the whole time, we really didn’t get a chance to talk about it. I might very well make a decision next week after the Iowa visit. I know coach Reed is coming up to see me this week and I want to talk to him a little bit more. It could happen this week or it could happen after Iowa, I’m not sure.”
Coleman is fully qualified and is considering enrolling in college for the spring semester although a firm decision on that has not been made yet.