UCLA Scouting OC Fullback

Derrick Coleman, the 6-0, 223-pound fullback prospect, has had hectic spring, looking impressive at many camps and combines, with more on the agenda, while a parade of coaches have come to his high school, Fullerton (Calif.) Troy, to check him out...

With UCLA senior Michael Pitre entering his senior season, there is the possibility that UCLA could be looking to add a fullback in this recruiting class.

The Bruins have been scouting a fullback who also comes from Orange Country, like Pitre: Fullerton (Calif.) Troy's Derrick Coleman (6-0, 223).

Coleman wants to play running back in college, his 2,000-yard season serving as his resume. But in the Troy offense he plays fullback so he said playing that position in college wouldn't be a problem.

"Since we run the Wing-T, I'm a fullback, but I guess you'd consider me a halfback," said Coleman. "I could play tailback and I could be that 25-30 carry a game guy. This year, I'll get to be the primary ball-carrier."

Coleman doesn't have an offer yet, but said the several schools from the Pac-10came by the Troy campus during the spring, as well as Boise State and San Diego State. "Almost everyone contacted me from the Pac-10, or came to my school, and so did Boise State," said Coleman. "USC came, with Pete Carroll himself, UCLA, Oregon State, Utah State, Boise State, Oregon and Washington State, and those are just who I'm remembering."

Coleman said his top five included California, San Diego State, Boise State, UCLA and Oregon.

"One of the UCLA coaches came by and watched me at practice and told me to come to their camp so they could see me," said Coleman. "I'm going to their three-day overnight camp (this month). I'm also going to USC's 1-Day Camp and their Rising Seniors camp for a day and then to the San Diego State camp and that's all because of our team stuff. There is a combine on July 14 at the Rose Bowl I'll be at, too."

Coleman said he thought San Diego State could be on the brink of offering him, which he's hoping is the case.

"San Diego State's coach came to practice and said he really likes me," said Coleman. "I'm really open to anything but it will be nice to get that offer."

Coleman had a very good showing at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine in April, being named to the all-combine team, testing fairly well, running a 4.60 flat forty.

"My best time is a 4.53, which I think is good with my size," said Coleman. "I'm pretty quick on my feet. I still have a whole other year of ball to play and I'm getting stronger and faster."

This fall, Coleman will also play some linebacker for Troy, the first time he's played the position on varsity. "I would be open to playing linebacker in college, but this will be my first year at linebacker on varsity," said Coleman. "I'm going to play in the middle this year."

Coleman is coming off a memorable junior year, in which he was a second team all-state underclass pick after he rushed for 2,340 yards and 37 touchdowns (180 ypg, 10.6 ypc), earning Freeway League MVP and CIF-SS Division Player of the Year honors as well, despite splitting the running back duties.

Academically, Coleman said he has a 2.75 core GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.

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