Coleman comes up big

Notre Dame commit Nick Coleman of Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter goes in-depth to talk about his career-setting performance last Friday night.

Notre Dame cornerback commit Nick Coleman of Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter delivered a performance to remember last Friday night in his team's 56-20 win over Hamilton Badin. Coleman rushed 18 times for 289 yards and five touchdown to lead his team to a 7-0 record on the season.

"I just got going, and it was one of those games where things were going my way," Coleman said.

Coleman, who is being recruited by Notre Dame to play cornerback at the next level, is a running back first, defensive back second in high school.

"I start every game at running back," Coleman said. "That's a little above what I normally average. Usually, it's about 10-15 (carries). I also usually start at defensive back, but depending on how long our offensive drive was or how the game is going, I won't play every series. In this game, they were driving us some in the 1st half, so I played a lot, but we pulled away at the end, so I didn't really play defense in the 4th quarter."

Three of Coleman's five touchdowns were runs of at least 60 yards (65, 67, and 62).

"The first long touchdown was right up the middle," Coleman said. "Our offensive line opened up a great hole, and I just ran threw and and outran everyone. The second and third long (touchdown) runs I made one cut back before heading down the field. They were all option plays."

Coleman also scored touchdown runs of 6 and 15 yards.

"I beat the guy to the corner of the end zone of those," Coleman said. "Our wide receivers did a great job down there blocking."

Schools like Boston College and Duke recruited Coleman to play offense (including some slot receiver) at the next level.

"I think playing offense, especially the slot, helps me recognize what offenses are going to do when I'm playing defense," Coleman said. "From a mindset, I do know certain tendencies, like a wide out's get out or release. It's up to Notre Dame where they play me, wherever the coaches think I'm a good fit."

The 6-foot 1/2, 180-pound athlete committed to Notre Dame in June, less than two weeks after he was offered by the Irish staff. This season, Coleman has already taken in three Irish games (Michigan, Purdue and Stanford), and he plans to return again this year.

"I will visit for either Louisville or Northwestern," Coleman said. "I won't take my official visit until December. The games that I've been to so far have been some of the most fun that I've ever had. The Stanford game was so cold and wet, but it awesome. And, the Michigan game was obviously electric."

"I got to meet some of my future teammates," Coleman added. "It was nice to put a face to names, like C.J. Sanders, Micah Dew-Treadway, Miles Boykin and Brandon Tiassum. I met [quarterback] Brandon Wimbush, too at the Stanford game, and I thought he was already committed, actually. It's great to have him on board. I thought I saw him at the Michigan game, too"

Coleman gave his thoughts on Notre Dame's upcoming trip to Florida State.

"I hope to God that Jameis Winston is playing, so he can be there when Notre Dame wins," Coleman said. "I like Jameis, and I hope everything works out for him, but I'm hype for Notre Dame to hopefully beat him."

Alter has three games remaining on its regular season schedule before it enters post-season play.

Coleman is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 40 cornerback in the class of 2015.


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