Scout Rating: **
Scout Rank: NR
Size: 6-0, 205 pounds
Hometown: Detroit, MI
High School: The Hun School (Princeton, NJ)
Accolades: First-team all-state and all-conference selection…recruited to NC State by Jerry Petercuskie.
Stats: 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.
Commit Date: 12/16/2008
Recruiting Scene: Coleman received scant recruiting attention exiting high school in 2008 and made the move to the Hun School this past season.
In 2008, Coleman developed physically and emerged as a playmaker on both offense and defense. He will begin his career at safety for the Pack and proved to be a fearless tackler this past season with good instincts and solid upside. He didn't get a lot of reps in pass coverage and may need some polishing in that area but with time should develop into a solid, all-around safety for NC State.
Coleman officially visited NC State and thoughts after the visit were that he was a done deal to the Wolfpack. However, a subsequent visit to Iowa complicated the issue although it probably helped that Coleman's father didn't accompany him to visit Iowa as he did with NC State.
After an in-home visit with coach Petercuskie upon returning from Iowa, Coleman called NC State head coach Tom O'Brien and announced his commitment to the Wolfpack. A full qualifier, he left The Hun School mid-year and has already enrolled at NC State.
The Hun School Head Coach Dave Dudeck says: "Donald came in and played very well for us and he was able to land several scholarship offers because of his strong play. He's a tough kid who is a big-time hitter on defense."
ESPN Evaluation: Coleman is a versatile athlete that can play either strong safety or outside linebacker. He has very impressive size for either position and has very good but not burning speed. On defense is very active and is quick on his run reads. Attacks the line of scrimmage and does a very good job with his hands to shed blockers; separates and disengages quickly then takes proper pursuit angles to the football. A reliable tackler but needs to work on getting the head across the front of the ball carrier when angle tackling; could also bring his legs with him in order to be a more punishing tackler.
Displays very good ball skills in pass defense and when playing on the offensive side of the football. As a running back is a north-south runner with little shake and bake. A strong runner that can break tackles but not exceptionally fluid in the hips.
Coleman should be a very good defensive player at the next level.
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