An in-depth player breakdown of Notre Dame three-star cornerback Nick Coleman, including player analysis, quotables, recruitment recap and big picture implications
Location: Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter
Rank: Three-star, No. 69 cornerback
"Coleman is a good athlete who is only scratching the surface of what he could be at corner. He has the tools to be great there: quickness, makeup speed and ball skills, he just needs to keep working on the technical part of the game since he has played more offense to this point." - Scout.com national analyst, Allen Trieu
"The main reason to be honest was Coach VanGorder and the players," Coleman said. "Also the feeling I had for the school as I never felt more sure in all of my life about something."
"Coach Elston was kind of tricky about things as he said the staff all watched my film and didn't like it," Coleman said. "He then laughed and said everybody loved it and that Coach (Brian) VanGorder wanted to know why he'd not seen it before. So that was a relief and I know they like me now and that is all that matter."
"He's happy," said Coleman about his father, Trey Coleman (who played with Notre Dame
one season in 1983). "He was getting a little emotional and was telling a whole lot of stories, but he tried to stay out of it and allowed my mother and I to ask all of the questions. He was cool and tried not to be biased about anything."
I'm anxious to get up there because as I've said, Notre Dame was my dream school," he said. "All I had to do was come up here and see Notre Dame for myself. It was everything I thought it would be and more."
Coleman picked up his first offers from Pittsburgh, Indiana and Miami (Ohio) in February of this year.
Notre Dame offered Coleman on May 30, and Coleman exhibited a quick turn-around time, committing to Notre Dame on June 12 over offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State.
What This Means for Notre Dame
Coleman is a solid prospect who could turn into a stellar playmaker for Notre Dame with increased coaching and experience playing defense. Worst case scenario is Coleman develops into a reliable contributor on the depth chart who poses no issues with regards to work ethic or off the field antics.
He's raw, fast, tough and instinctive; again, his description hammers home the qualities Brian VanGorder is looking for in his prospects.
Notre Dame could be done recruiting the position, but should an elite prospect want to come on board, the staff could find room.
Top names in contention: Kendall Sheffield
, Iman Marshall
, Ykili Ross
, John Reid
, James Locke
Notre Dame's Cornerback Depth in 2014
Seniors - Josh Atkinson
, Cody Riggs
(Fifth year grad)
Juniors - Matthias Farley
(RS), Jalen Brown
(RS), Keivarae Russell
Sophomores - Devin Butler
, Cole Luke
Freshman - Nick Watkins