When it comes to running back and recruiting, it’s usually a pretty simple concept for Oklahoma. The Sooners target their man and end up getting him.
Look back, and you know it’s true. But the 2017 class is going to pose quite the interesting quandary in recruiting. With the Sooners guaranteed to lose two scholarship backs to graduation and perhaps one or two more to the NFL Draft, running back is a huge focus for Jay Boulware this time around.
OU has found its No. 1 priority in La Grange (Texas) High Scout 300 athlete J.K. Dobbins. But there will have to be more pieces to this puzzle, and that’s where somebody like West Monroe (La.) High’s Trey Coleman comes in.
Coleman, who started receiving early attention from Scout heading into his freshman season, is now starting to see the recruiting attention arrive as well.
One of his first stops was to Norman last weekend to check out the Sooners.
“I liked it a lot,” Coleman said. “It’s a great place to go for a student-athlete. It was well worth it to experience a new college. I’m usually just going to LSU and local places like that.”
Coleman split the trip into two parts. Driving to Texas on Friday before arriving in Norman on Saturday. Although it was his first trip to campus, he didn’t have a lot of questions for Boulware or the other coaches. He said he talks with Boulware enough to know where things stand.
And where they stand right now is a good spot even if the offer didn’t come last weekend.
“He let me know how things are going,” Coleman said. “He said he’s going to recruit me hard. He likes me a lot and likes the kind of player I am.”
Like a lot of recruits from last weekend, Coleman mentioned how great the atmosphere was at Lloyd Noble Center for the OU-Kansas basketball game. He said what he took from the experience was just how much the community supports all the OU programs.
The No. 1 focus, of course, is football. And the weekend trip allowed him to get to know the coaches a lot better than any previous conversations had allowed.
“I like the coaches a lot,” Coleman said. “I like strict coaches with a lot of discipline but not uptight coaches. They were having fun, but you know they get the job done.”
Coleman was sort of introduced to the recruiting world right after signing day with a major offer from Tennessee. He admits that offer from the Vols has opened doors for him with numerous schools now showing interest.
He is hopeful to visit Knoxville next month, but he’s not sure if that will happen. When asked about his biggest strength as a player, Coleman gave a rather unusual answer.
“It’s my stiff arm,” Coleman said. “It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, I can get you off of me.”
But that’s not all.
“It’s my cuts, in general,” Coleman said. “My vision has gotten so much better. As a sophomore you’re second or third string, you don’t really know the game. I’ve got the vision now. No more tunnel vision.”