Coleman Focused on Two

After flying under the radar at Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Mich.), Donald Coleman decided to prep a year at The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey.

After flying under the radar at Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Mich.), Donald Coleman decided to prep a year at The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey.

"I'm new to all of this," said Coleman. "Before I came here I didn't have really any schools recruiting me and now I do. We have a great team and a lot of schools came by so colleges started offering me scholarships. It's been fun, but it does leave me with a tough decision."

Coleman's first scholarship offer came from NC State.

"Coach Reed came by my school and offered me on the spot," said Coleman. "My prep school coach up here told me they were interested, and it meant a lot they offered me first. That is 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."

Coleman has added offers from Iowa, Minnesota, and Delaware. He began the visit process with a trip to NC State.

"It was fun," said Coleman. "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."

Coleman followed that trip with a visit to Iowa. The Hawkeyes are a solid program under head coach Kirk Ferentz and playing in the Big Ten would provide Coleman a chance to play in his home state of Michigan.

"It was a good visit," said Coleman. "I had a lot of fun there too. It's a solid program, they are good every year in the Big Ten, and I like the coaches there too.

"It was different from NC State. They were both good visits but each are a little different. NC State is more of a city mixed with a college town and Iowa is a pure college town that is kind of isolated. I like both though."

Coleman stated that NC State assistant Mike Reed checked in with him after his visit to Iowa.

"I've already talked with coach Reed from NC State," he stated. "He was calling and he let it be known that they still want me bad. He's heading to see Jarvis Byrd [on Monday]. He knows how I feel about NC State, and we just talked some."

At 6-foot and 210 pounds, Coleman is aggressive and plays fast. He has good closing speed and when he arrives at the ball carrier, he lets them know it as he is a very hard hitter. He is a good blitzer who shows good burst and timing.

In coverage, he has played mostly in the box and will need more experience in man-to-man coverage. He could project to weakside linebacker as well down the line. Where does he think he'll play in college?

"I will be playing either safety or weakside linebacker," said Coleman. "NC State is recruiting me as a strong safety, and Iowa is recruiting me as a weakside linebacker."

Because he is a post grad and fully qualified, Coleman is cleared to enroll at the college of his choice in January. With that being said, it's not a done deal he will elect to do so.

"It's probably 50/50 right now," he said. "I'm cleared through the clearinghouse, but I don't know yet if that is something I'm going to do. The school I'm at in New Jersey, they like for the post-grads to stay the whole year. It's really a great school and I don't want to do anything that will tarnish their reputation, so I need to talk more with my coach and my dad about it. I know both NC State and Iowa would want me to enroll early though."

As of now, Coleman is down to NC State and Iowa. Minnesota is trying to bring him in for a visit this weekend, but that trip isn't set in stone. Does he have a leader?

"I can't really say right now," he said. "I'm not sure. I like them both, but I can't say I'm leaning towards either.

"Iowa is a solid program, and they've been solid for a long time. They've always been top three or maybe even top two in the Big Ten. I'd say that NC State is more on the rise, but that doesn't mean Iowa isn't. But, everywhere coach O'Brien has been he has taken the program to the top."

"I'm close to making a decision though," he added. "It could be this week or it could be next week... Minnesota wants me to visit this weekend, but I'm not sure if I'll take that visit. I think I'm close to deciding. I want to talk some more with my dad about it and go from there."

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