Name: Donald Coleman
Hometown: Orchard Lake, Michigan
School: Princeton (NJ) The Hun School
Notes: NC State has enjoyed an impressive run of commitment as of late and that continued on Tuesday when the Pack secured the services of Princeton (NJ) Hun School standout S Donald Coleman.
After making his official visit to NC State two weekends ago, the 6-0, 207-pound Coleman made a visit to Iowa this past weekend which made his choice today extremely difficult.
However, after talking to NC State special team's coach Jerry Petercuskie earlier today, Coleman made a conference call with defensive backs coach Mike Reed and head coach Tom O'Brien this evening to announce his intentions.
"Coach Petercuskie came up to see me today, but I didn't commit then," said Coleman. "Me, my dad and sister called coach O'Brien and coach Reed on a conference call and we told them that we wanted to commit and become a part of the Wolfpack.
"Coach O'Brien was very excited. He told me he wanted to welcome me to the family and he couldn't wait to work with me to help me become a better football player and a better man also."
Coleman becomes NC State's 22nd commitment for the class of 2009. He selected NC State over offers from Iowa, Minnesota, and Delaware. Because Coleman is a full qualifier attending prep school, he is on track to enroll in January if he chooses to do so but a decision has not been made at this time.
Coleman played his high school ball at Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's before enrolling at Princeton (NJ) The Hun School where he switched from linebacker to safety and running back.
In eight games, Coleman rushed for 803 yards (97 carries) and seven scores at The Hun School. Defensively, he tallied 74 tackles, five forced fumbles, and an interception returned for a score.
Scouting Report: "Donald Coleman spent a year at prep school to improve his football stock and it's obvious that move paid off. Coleman is a very fluid athlete with little wasted movement who does a good job of diagnosing plays quickly to make a stop. He plays physical and doesn't shy away from contact which should help him immensely in NC State's defensive scheme.
"Coleman will obviously need to get stronger but one aspect you like in his film is that he consistently stops the opposition at the point of attack or drives them back. He rarely gets taken forward on a play. At this point Coleman would appear to be more experienced in stopping the run. He covers ground quickly and does a good job of making plays out in space." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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