A Perfect Match

With four defensive linemen already committed, Coach McNeill's 2010 class is shaping up nicely. We talked with Frankston High School head coach Sam Wells about the Red Raiders newest commit, DT Coby Coleman, about his star athlete.

When Frankston DT Coby Coleman decided to commit to the Red Raiders over the weekend, it was a big event not only for him and his family, but also his entire community.

"We're ecstatic about Coby's commitment to Texas Tech," Coach Sam Wells explained. "We just feel like he's committed to a great school, and it's a really big deal for a small town kid from a place like Frankston to commit somewhere like Texas Tech. It's awesome for the community, not just for Coby."

After receiving a scholarship offer from the Red Raiders on Friday, it didn't take him long to make his decision.

"He took an official visit last weekend and really liked what he saw while he was in Lubbock, so he decided to commit. Coby's always wanted to go to Tech; it was his first choice. He has some family that lives near there, and I think that was a big draw. Plus, he's watched them play on TV and has always really liked them."

Coach Wells says that Coleman is a perfect fit for the Red Raiders as well and that the athlete and football program are an outstanding match for one another.

"He fits Tech's profile [for defensive linemen] really well. He's a big kid, but he's really quick and he moves really well. Even at 283 pounds, he's lean and has a good frame for carrying his weight.

"I think that Tech really likes his style of play and his speed. We've clocked him at 4.79, which is really fast for a kid that big. Tech was fortunate enough to come through here and see him play, and they really liked what they saw from him here and on film."

Wells is also confident that Coby's transition from small town high school football to the vaunted Big 12 will go well.

"All indications the Tech coaches have given point to Coby playing defensive tackle. I think the transition will go well. He soaks in things well, he's a competitor, and he's got the ability to play at that level. The first year is always the toughest, but I think he'll make a good transition and really prosper in their system."

Despite a stellar junior season where he racked up 52 tackles, ten tackles for a loss, and two blocked kicks and was named first team all-District, Coby has only received two other offers so far, probably due in large part to playing at the 2A level.

"Coby wasn't able to go to any of the one day camps this summer that a lot of schools like you to go to, but he's got some other schools after him and will probably get more offers. It wouldn't matter if Notre Dame offered him though, he's done with recruiting. Texas Tech was his number school all along."

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