Lining up across the line of scrimmage from Brandon Coleman can be a tall order for most cornerbacks. The 6-6 wide receiver is a tantalizing combination of size and agility, one that has resulted in a slew of scholarship offers from major programs from all over the east coast looking to sign one of the tallest deep threats in the country. Just in case any of those schools had forgotten him after a quite summer, the senior started off his final high school season in fine fashion last Friday.
In a contest that saw Coleman's Bishop McNamara (MD) Mustangs cruise to a 56-0 win, the receiver helped pace the offense with seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Even though he would fail to haul in a reception until the second half of his next game, it's clear to see that the work put in during the offseason is already manifesting itself on the field for the big time talent.
Having received offers from more than a dozen schools, the four-star prospect has no shortage of suitors for his talents in the future, but after a summer where he opted to not take any official visits, the upperclassman says he has narrowed his list of schools down to six. Coleman lists Rutgers as the top choice on his board right now, followed by Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest and Syracuse.
"Since the springtime I've visited [Rutgers] a number of times and I just like the feeling I get every time I go there, even if I was just going there by myself to see a practice or a spring game," Coleman says. "I was up there for a game and I felt real comfortable with the coaching staff and the players. I just get a real special feeling when I'm up there."
The senior says he isn't planning on making any official visits until his season comes to an end since the Mustangs play all of their games on Saturdays. He did state that he hopes he can come to a decision before making all five official visits to various campuses. For now though, the focus is on continuing to improve his abilities as a playmaker on the field. Coleman, always the competitor, wasn't happy with his showing in his most recent game.
"The second game I wasn't there mentally," he says. "I didn't really get into it until the second half, I didn't have a catch until the second half either, but that was all on my behalf because the coaches and I were on different pages."
He says as the year progresses he hopes that he can continue to make strides in physical abilities, most notably his foot speed and the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Coleman has already received praise for his ability to track down the deep ball and adjust on the fly – now he wants to be a complete receiver and excel on shorter routes as well.
With a set of abilities that is continuing to grow and a dedicated work ethic it's a safe bet that Coleman can improve on last year's second team All-Conference selection in the Washington Catholic League. With several months before his time on the gridiron comes to an end, the senior will have plenty of time to further contemplate his ultimate decision for where to take his talents next.
Coleman reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 980 two-part SAT.
Coleman Has Rutgers On Top
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