Coleman Could Make Immediate Impact At Corner

Kurt Coleman committed to Ohio State last June. Since then, there hasn't been much said about him and he feels like somewhat of a forgotten man. But the talented cornerback from Clayton Northmont knows there will be an opportunity to earn playing time as a true freshman at OSU. He will enroll in March so he can participate in spring practice.

Defensive back Kurt Coleman from Clayton Northmont committed to Ohio State at its senior advanced camp last June. Therefore, he's become somewhat of a forgotten man in recruiting circles.

If Coleman had waited to announce his decision – if he told everyone he was torn between OSU and another school – it would have been front page news. There might have been a 40-page thread on the Bucknuts premium message board.

"Yes, I do feel like I've been forgotten a little bit," Coleman said. "The coaches haven't forgot about me, but as far as interviews and stuff like that, I've been kind of an afterthought. There's always new topics out there. But that's fine with me. I'll do my talking on the field. I'm going to work hard and see what happens when I get to Ohio State."

Coleman (5-11, 185, 4.39) is ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in the state by Ohio High, and the No. 14 cornerback nationally by

As a senior in 2005, he had 23 receptions, three interceptions and five total touchdowns (two receiving, two punt returns, one kick return).

He has excellent speed and is a big hitter. But opposing offenses did their best to avoid him this year.

As a junior in 2004, he had 91 tackles and 10 interceptions. He also had 16 receptions and seven touchdowns.

Coleman was the fourth player to issue a verbal commitment to OSU in the 2006 class. He has sat back and watched with joy as the class has grown.

"I like the players we're bringing in," Coleman said. "We have a lot of speed in all areas."

Coleman is already friends with many of his fellow Buckeye recruits.

"Oh yeah, I'm real good buds with Ross (Homan), Chris Wells, Jake Ballard and Tyler Moeller," he said. "I don't know Connor Smith real well yet, but I know he's real laid back and cool."

Coleman played all over the field at Northmont, but knows he probably won't be a two-way player in college.

"Yeah, I played both ways in high school and (Ohio State) wants me to come in as a DB," he said. "I think safety is probably my natural position, but I am going to come in as a corner. I'm excited about it."

The Buckeyes are losing both starting cornerbacks – Ashton Youboty and Tyler Everett – although rising sophomore Malcolm Jenkins started four games in 2005 when Everett was injured. Jenkins and redshirt freshman Andre Amos are the early favorites to win the starting cornerback jobs, but Coleman could be in the mix as well.

"Yes, I think there is an opportunity for playing time," Coleman said. "I'm going to come in and work hard and try and earn a spot. A starting spot."

Coleman will get a leg up on most of the other incoming freshmen. Like Homan (who is already enrolled at OSU) and Wells, he will enroll early and participate in spring practice.

"I just graduated high school and I'm going to enroll at OSU in the spring," Coleman said. "I'll go through spring practice and try and learn everything I need so I can earn a spot."

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