Washington shows Coleman what they are about

One of the more intriguing 2011 recruits in the Seattle-area this coming year will be Garfield LB/RB Valentino Coleman who was the centerpiece to the Bulldogs' defense this past season. This weekend he took a visit to Montlake to check out the Husky football program up close and on Saturday night he talked to Dawgman.com about his time on campus...

"Oh man, the visit was good, real good," Coleman told Dawgman.com. "I loved sitting and talking with the coaches and spending time with them.

"I didn't spend time with just one coach, it was was all of them. They just showed us around and what it was like to be a player there and really just got to know us a little better."

Washington didn't offer Coleman while he was with them, but he said things could be in the works.

"They sorta hinted at it, but they didn't offer," Coleman said. "They said they like me at linebacker and how I can be a run-stopper. I'm 5-11, 270 right now and they said I need to get down to about 255 and then stay there and that I would be a great fit in their defense."

Last season, Coleman, who is the younger brother of Deandre Coleman who plays for California, starred on defense for the Bulldogs, posting 63 tackles, three sacks and an interception while rushing for 316 yards and three touchdowns and catching seven passes for 121 yards and another score.

"I started both ways, but my main focus has always been on defense," Coleman said. "I love hitting and stuffing the run and I love to make plays that help me teammates out."

Coleman said besides Washington, Oregon is the main school contacting him and that his coaches have told him more schools will be coming back in the spring to take a look at him.

"I don't have any offers yet. Of course, I'd like to stay close to home if I could, but I'm going to wait things out and take my visits," Colman said, adding, "Why do I need to hurry? I still have a long time before I have to decide so, I'll wait on things no matter who offers me."

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