Following two first round defeats as a varsity player, Brandon Coleman is looking to leave a different legacy behind at his Forestville, Md., high school.
"We've been doing pretty good," the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Coleman said. "We've made it to the playoffs the last three years, now we're just trying to get over the last hump and win a playoff game, and win a championship is the ultimate goal.
"It really starts in the off-season. Getting that mentality to come in and work, and get a good team chemistry, just provide good leadership and getting everyone on the same page."
College recruiters are beginning to get on the same page regarding Coleman.
Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, Connecticut and Temple have already offered scholarships, and Coleman is expecting a big one soon.
This past Sunday, Coleman found himself on the phone with Notre Dame assistant coach Ron Powlus. Powlus told Coleman that he should be talking with Irish head coach Charlie Weis real soon.
"He was just telling me I'm high on their list, and he wants to set up a conversation with me and (coach Weis) sometime soon," Coleman explained. "He said they were real impressed with my film, and they heard a lot of good things about me.
"One of the coaches is supposed to send me an email and let me know when this is going to happen. He was saying Friday, but he's going to have to let me know. If it's not this week, then next week for sure."
Until the offer becomes official, Coleman is taking Notre Dame in stride.
"I just want to stay humble, and just whatever happens, just be calm about it," Coleman said.
"The main offer that really got to me was my first one from Maryland. When I got that offer, I was looking coach (Ralph) Friedgen right in his face. This phone offer from Notre Dame will be my first one over the phone. It will be special, but I will still treat it like any offer I get, and keep going about my business and keep working hard."
This past season, Coleman caught roughly 35 passes for 550 yards and eight scores. He has impressed college coaches with his ability to use his height well, and make plays after the catch.
However, Powlus didn't talk to Coleman much about his skills on the football field.
"He said he heard a lot of good things about me, about my character, and what I'm all about," Coleman recapped. "They say they want people that are going to have good character. We were talking more about me as a person, than about my game."
Besides Maryland, Coleman has taken a visit to Rutgers for a junior day. He has no other visits currently scheduled, but says he'd consider taking one to Notre Dame down the road.
"I know a lot about their history," Coleman said. "They're a real prestigious football program, and with their academics. Coming from a catholic high school, I know a little bit about their school, and what they have going on. I know they're in a independent conference, and that's kind of cool."
Coleman reports a 3.0 GPA, and has no timetable set for making a college decision.
"The number one thing I'm looking for is the people. I'm looking for people that I can see myself getting along with for the next four or five years. Coaching staff, players, teachers and other students on campus. And then education is going to be a big part. I haven't quite narrowed down a major, but mechanical engineering, kinesiology or architecture. I'm still weighing that out. Location is a big deal. Generally close to home, but if it does end up being a trip, I want to make sure it's worthwhile for me being out there, wherever it may be. And also the team philosophy and what their plans are. What they plan to do with their program."
While Coleman is trying to figure all that out, he'll also be trying to take his own program to the top.