Coleman nabs Husky offer

The ink is barely dry on the 2008 recruiting class' signatures, but it's not too early to start offering 2009 players and Garfield (Seattle) DL/OL Deandre Coleman picked up one from the local school this weekend while he was on campus for their junior prospect day. He talked about his meeting with head coach Tyrone Willingham and said while he wants to take his time that he has an early leader.

"Coach Willingham offered me this weekend," an excited Coleman told on Monday. "It was great. My mom and I just sat down with him in his office and he said 'I want you to know that you have an offer from us' and I was like 'wow'.

"Washington is my leader and I really like them a lot. They are my local school and I really like coach Willingham, so that makes it great that I have an offer from them."

Since Washington is his favorite, does that mean he's close to making a decision?

"Nope, I'm going to take all my visits," Coleman said. "I want to take all of my officials and possibly take some unofficial visits as well.

"I got offered by Oregon on Friday or Saturday when we got the mail. They sent me a letter that said they are offering me a full-ride scholarship, so they were the first to offer me.

"The whole Pac 10 is recruiting me and then Colorado, Texas A&M, Florida, Michigan and all of those schools like that."

Coleman plays both ways for Garfield, but he noted most schools have told him they like him on defense.

"I can play either side and be successful, but I know defense a little more," Coleman said. "I love being aggressive and getting after the ball-carrier.

"I'm more of a run-stuffer, but I can rush the quarterback too."

Coleman had a breakout day down in San Antonio at the Army All-American combine in January and said there's more where that came from.

"I'm working out four or five times a week and I plan on being the biggest and strongest I've ever been once my season starts," Coleman said. "I'm throwing shot this year (for the first time) and that will help with my explosion and footwork too."

Coleman hasn't set any camp or combine plans at this point, but said he will sit down and do that in the near future.

He's already taken the SAT (Jan. 26th) and is awaiting his score to see where he is at as far as qualifying is concerned.

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