Quarterback Michael Coleman has a few favorites heading into his senior season, and the 6-1, 220-pound Coleman isn't shy about admitting it.
"When you go to Notre Dame you have to live up to the tradition," Coleman said of Notre Dame. "There is so much tradition there, and you have to play hard. So many great people have played there, and have walked on the very places you are walking."
Despite not having an offer from Notre Dame, Coleman would commit if offered.
"If Notre Dame offered, I'd commit," Coleman said bluntly.
In addition to Coleman's attraction to Notre Dame's tradition, his desire to see the world, obtain a good education, and fondness of the Notre Dame community and atmosphere are fueling his decision.
"I want to get out of here," the San Bernadino, Calif. native said of his surroundings. "I want to see the world and go places. Academics are also important to me. I want to major in business.
"I'm looking at what schools have the best business classes and business programs. I also really want to go where there is a lot of support in the community.
"When I went to Notre Dame this past summer for camp I really felt the community support. The whole town is behind them. It was really nice."
While camping at Notre Dame this summer, Coleman had the opportunity to talk to coach Willingham. Like many recruits that talk to Willingham, Coleman learned that Willingham is about more than football."Coach Willingham helped me look at life differently," Coleman said. "He told me a lot of life stories and really tries to teach you about life. He talked to me about how at Notre Dame, the players are not just football players, they are people who play football."
Another school extremely interested in Coleman is Utah, where ex-Notre Dame assistant coach Urban Meyer is currently coaching.
"Utah has offered," Coleman said. "I love Utah because of Urban Meyer. That's the main reason why I am looking at them. I like his philosophy. I visited Utah this summer and I thought it was really nice there. The high altitude was really different."
If Notre Dame doesn't offer soon, Coleman's college decision will most likely come after he has completed his season. This is partially due to Coleman's desire to prove himself athletically on the football field, and showcase his quarterback skills to people who may question his ability to play the position at the college level.
"I'm going to wait till after the season to make my college decision," he said. "Last year we were 7-3, and I want to show everyone what I can do.
"As a team we have improved big time. I have also improved. I've always been good at throwing the ball deep, but I'm working on improving other parts of my game, like reading defenses and staying in the pocket. I'm going to show everyone what type of quarterback I am this season."