July 7 -- What is UCLA getting with the commitment of Texas prospect Dayven Coleman? UCLA likes its defensive backs versatile, and Coleman is someone who could fill many roles on the next level, especially in UCLA's spread-oriented defense...
Projected Position at UCLA: Safety/Corner/Nickel/Linebacker
Coleman has gradually accumulated some Power Five offers over the course of the past couple of months. He was originally committed in early March to Louisiana Tech, but reopened his recruitment a couple of weeks later. He picked UCLA over P5 offers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Syracuse, and Utah. In addition to his almost 20 FBS offers, Coleman has reported interest from schools such as Florida State, LSU, and USC since early May. He unofficially visited LSU in June and camped with the Tigers. He performed well at that camp, but word is LSU hasn't yet considered offering at this point. When UCLA offered him, Coleman said it was a dream school for him, and he reiterated that again in his comments about his commitment, saying that he "chased" the offer. -- Scout's South Recruiting Expert Gabe Brooks
The Scouting Report
Coleman is a well-rounded defensive back at the Texas Class 5A level. He plays a lot of snaps at cornerback, but his size and physical tools translate better at the college level to safety. Coleman owns impressive size in the 6-foot-2, 200- to 205-pound range. He could possibly play in the 225-pound range in college as a big, physical safety. Given his size and his time spent on the perimeter, Coleman knows how to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He shows promising blitzing instincts when asked to rush and looks comfortable playing in the box when needed. He can deliver the big hit, but sometimes will sacrifice tackling technique for the sake of the big blow. He can also improve his hip fluidity and turn-and-run ability when matched up in man coverage. That said, Coleman's versatility could allow him to move around the secondary depending on what a college staff will ask of him. He's the type of player who can fit a lot of modern, spread-oriented defenses as one of those hybrid nickel-safety types. He also will potentially possess the size to maybe play a little "spacebacker" in certain down-and-distance situations. We would like to see a fully healthy senior season (he missed a few games in 2016) because Coleman has looked promising on the camp and combine circuit this off-season. -- Scout's South Recruiting Expert Gabe Brooks
How He'll Fit at UCLA
This is going to be an interesting proposition. Coleman nearly has the body of a linebacker prospect, at almost 6-2 and 205, but has good cover skills for his size. UCLA has taken his commitment as a versatile athlete, one who projects as a big, physical safety but could plug in at corner if needed, and then play nickel, too. Most high schoolers only get bigger as they get older, so we could see Coleman growing into an outside linebacker, or at least provide a hybride LB/DB role in UCLA's offense. We know that UCLA linebackers coach Scott White is looking for a new, more mobile athlete at outside linebacker who can really cover, and that might be Coleman's ticket. It might be easier to transition a big DB who can cover to linebacker rather than make a more traditional linebacker-type cover against spread offenses. Regardless, UCLA DB coach Demetrice Martin likes his players to be versatile, and Coleman absolutely is.