Coleman Dominates NIKE Camp

On a mission this spring to improve his recruiting stock this spring, Peabody (PA) linebacker Jaylen Coleman has had a steady stream of college coaches visit him at high school over the last week, a list that promises to continue after his impressive performance at Penn State's NIKE camp over the weekend.

MADISON - Sitting with only two BCS offers, Peabody (PA) linebacker Jaylen Coleman has spent the spring months trying to improve his reputation, ranking and profile. Visiting Pittsburgh a number of times, West Virginia for its spring game and spending time at Akron, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, picking up offer from the latter two, Coleman made the decision to skip the Rutgers spring game so he could complete at the Penn State Nike Football Training Camp.

The decision apparently was the right one, as Coleman was named one of the top linebackers and the runner up for MVP honors during the one-day camp.

"I got a chance to show off what I can do and I was killing it at camp," Coleman told Badger Nation. "I was dominating people during one-on-one drills and during pass rush. I was able to execute my moves and do really well in pass coverage. It was really wonderful."

Every player gets motivation from different sources. Coleman took the camp opportunity to play his disrespect card. Although a three-star athlete rated the No.18 middle linebacker in the country by, Coleman (6-foot-1 and 220 pounds) felt other linebackers didn't have his work ethic or his versatile, yet were still ranked higher by some scouts than he was.

"Being from a city league, people question my ability to play," Coleman said. "I've worked really hard on my ability to be versatile and I feel like I can play all three linebacker positions by working with a lot of one-on-one drills with my coaches, doing speed turns and staying on my toes.

"I felt that I was better than some of the players that were there, and the coaches backed that up by saying that I did an incredible job."

Coleman said he is expecting potential offers from Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Coleman was expecting to get an offer from the Badgers two weeks ago when he was supposed to go to Wisconsin's spring game, only to have his ride back out at the last minute.

"I talked to Coach Rudolph and he told me not to worry about it and that he understood that things happen," Coleman said. "He said he was going to come visit me soon at my school. I still really like Wisconsin, and I am looking forward to getting more comfortable with their coaches."

Wisconsin won't be alone in visiting Coleman, as coaches from Pittsburgh, Boston College, West Virginia, Eastern Michigan, Michigan and Appalachian State all visited him Monday through Thursday of last week.

"West Virginia and Boston College came the same day at the same time," Coleman said. "They all wanted to come in and find out more about me, and a lot of them were impressed with how much bigger I am in person."

As a junior, Coleman finished with 90 tackles, six sacks and was a first-team all-City League selection at linebacker. Among his offers, Coleman has been the most impressed with both the Mountaineers and the Panthers.

"West Virginia's playbook is nice for a linebacker, running a 3-3-5 but it looks like a 4-2 because one of their linebackers play like a strong defensive end," Coleman said of West Virginia. "The coaches said that my film looked good and that I look like I could play for them right now."

While Coleman is still trying to determine his spring and summer schedule, he plans on heading down to a 7-on-7 tournament in Florida with his 7-on-7 team later in June.

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