The 6-foot-2 receiver-turned-cornerback, who is finishing his final year at Irving High School, was honest in his self-assessment in our phone interview Tuesday, saying he "had a lot to learn" about the position he's chosen to play at the collegiate level.
"I'm at the bottom, and I'm trying to get to the top," Coley told me.
There is a cupboard of raw talent in Coley, who still is maneuvering the ins and outs of playing in the secondary, but his nose for the football – one which was honed from years at wide receiver – will undoubtedly be his greatest asset.
"I'd be another receiver on the field, but on the defensive side of the ball I'm going up in the air and trying to take [the football]," Coley said.
Coley, who has been raved as a potential sleeper prospect in the 2014 Red Raider recruiting class, is focused on learning the cornerback position, but is a willing participant, citing he's "ready to do what it takes" for Texas Tech to win.
The move, facilitated by a desire to get more playing time at the collegiate level, could possibly work out. Coley has dedicated himself to evolving his skill set, his hitting ability, and his coverage – staples of the position – to reach par with his teammates and peers in the secondary.
And, from the seriousness in his voice, we can expect the transformation of Michael Coley from pass catcher to pass defender to occur in short order.
"I'm hungry," he said. "I gotta win…doing the best I can."