Recruiting: Dallas giant prefers defense

Dallas (Skyline HS) prospect Steven Coleman is waiting for OU's offer


Coleman is a skilled athlete playing on the defensive line. Blessed with great quickness and speed, Coleman is almost like a fullback playing in the trenches.

Going into his senior year Coleman is a three-year starter. Coleman played offensive guard his sophomore year, while going both ways at offensive guard and defensive tackle. Coleman finished the season with 26 solo tackles and four assisted, while also coming up with four sacks. As a sophomore Coleman racked up 73 pancake blocks and graded out at over 80 percent.

"I like to play on the defensive line better because I can be more aggressive," said Coleman. "It's the challenge on defense and the responsibility of stopping people. I love chasing the quarterback, because that is the name of the game. If we get to the quarterback before he gets the ball off then we are going to win."

Coleman can bench 285 pounds, squats 330 and he has a 27-inch vertical jump. Coleman hasn't decided to attend any summer camps this year, but did go to the SMU camp before his junior year.

Coleman has offers from Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Boston College, West Virginia, Arizona State, Kansas State and UCLA.

"Right now I don't know who I really like and I am pretty open about my recruiting choices," said Coleman. "I am also interested in Oklahoma, but they haven't offered me at this point. However, if they show some interest I would be interested in them and that could also include some other schools as well, but certainly Oklahoma."

Oklahoma is very close to offering Coleman at this point and he has qualified.

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