Brighter days ahead for Coleman?

OFTENTIMES, AN INJURY that causes a player to miss an entire season also has a large effect on his recruitment -- and certainly when it's missed seasons, as in plural. But that doesn't seem to be necessarily the case for Torrie Coleman, a junior college running back the Beavs have been courting since his prep days. However, there's another Pac-10 player, and Coleman has them in the lead.

Coleman, who notes offers from Oregon State, Arizona State and North Texas, and continues to see interest from Cal and UCLA, says it's Dennis Erickson and the Sun Devils who have captured his attention most.

"I think I'm leaning towards Arizona State right now," said Coleman.

Coleman took an unofficial visit this past weekend to Tempe and cited the "turnaround" at Arizona State (5-0) and the prospect of joining good friend Jarrell Holman (JR.) at ASU as two of the main reasons he's high on the Sun Devils.

Coleman said ASU is also recruiting hardest, with Oregon State's interest also in the mix.

"This is my dilemma. Oregon State has been recruiting me since high school. Me and coach Riley have had numerous discussions since high school, and then when I was transferring from UNLV. So I know that's the reason why it's not heavy like (ASU) because we already have a personal relationship. And he always calls me and makes sure I'm on my school, makes sure I'm lifting and running.

"ASU, coach Erickson, he's still getting to know me so it's more calls and me getting to know another coaching staff," said Coleman.

A DECISION might not necessarily be imminent. His official visits probably won't take place until the end of the season, Coleman said. He also added that even though ASU in the lead, he wanted to stress that he remains open.

"I'm going to go the USC-Arizona State game on Thanksgiving. I think I'm going to go (to Oregon State) the first week in December," said Coleman. "...And just to put out there that I'm open. I'm still looking. I have two more trips I'm probably going to set up, and I'm still playing the field right now.

COLEMAN HAS been star-crossed injury-wise since coming out of high school. Coming out of Las Vegas' Cheyenne High, he racked up 2,100 rushing yards, averaging 8.5 per carry. He signed with UNLV after a tight battle with OSU in February of 2005, but then redshirted. Coleman then transferred to Arizona Western, citing too many distractions playing close to home at UNLV.

Ironically, Coleman said he decided to go the junior college route so he wouldn't have to sit out a year transferring to a D-IA school. But last year at Arizona Western, a head to head collision virtually wiped out his entire first season.

The injury has now also shuttered this year. But on the bright side, it's also one he said is expected to be fully healed by the start of the calendar year.

"I has a (spine) injury last year. And our doctor didn't clear me this year and that was pretty much a blow...but I'll be ready by early January, so I'll be participating in spring ball wherever I go," said Coleman.

Coleman had already petitioned for a medical redshirt for last season before having to miss this year. If the waiver is granted, he would have three to play three. He also plans on earning his AA degree this term, being eligible to enroll at a D-IA school and participate in the spring session.

"I'm just ready to get with a winning program. I'll be done in December," said Coleman.

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