Minnesota Offensive Tackle Considering UW

Marcus Coleman, a 6-6, 300-pound tackle from Minnesota, has Illinois blood in his veins. But he isn't ready to commit to the Fighting Illini quite yet. Coleman is actively considering four scholarship offers, with more possibly on the way.

Entering the summer, Marcus Coleman planned to make his college decision before his senior year of high school began. But as the summer progressed, he felt himself wavering on his decision, and has decided to let things play out a little more before he commits somewhere.

The 6-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Wayzata High School (Plymouth, MN) has been offered scholarships from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. He was offered by the Badgers at their summer camp. He has taken trips to other favorites, including a day trip to Iowa last week.

Coleman said he does not have any favorites right now, but Illinois might be hard to beat. His father, Roger Coleman, was an Illini running back in the 70's.

"I have a lot of family in Illinois, and I grew up an Illinois fan," Coleman said. "My mom went there, my dad played there, my step-dad went there, my step-grandpa went there, my step-brother is going there. That's kind of in the blood. That helps a lot actually, as far as leaning towards Illinois, but I'm still not leaning towards one school."

Coleman said the Badgers are definitely in the mix, particularly because of Offensive Line Coach Jim Hueber and the offensive line tradition.

"Coaching styles are important. My high school coach that I had my sophomore year, I liked him a lot. Coach Hueber kind of reminds me of him," Coleman said. "I really like Coach Hueber a lot…I get a lot of stuff from them about how many guys Hueber has sent to the pros, and it's pretty convincing."

Another school Coleman is heavily considering and waiting on is Notre Dame. He attended camp in South Bend, and the Irish coaches liked the way he performed. Coleman said if Notre Dame offers, he will give it strong consideration.

"They obviously take longer in their process, decision-making," Coleman said. "They were pretty straight-forward with me, letting me know the guys they are looking at, and they will let me know down the line."

Coleman's huge frame has obviously been the No. 1 factor that's drawn college coaches his way. But he feels his quickness is another factor that's separated himself from other linemen prospects.

"My quickness off the ball gives me a little advantage. I'm big, but the fact I can get off the ball quick helps a lot," Coleman said. "Also, my pulling ability. We do a lot of pulling in our offense. I'd say I could be more aggressive, but I'm pretty aggressive. I carry out pretty much all my assignments."

Academics are one of Coleman's top concerns, but he said that will not factor into choosing amongst his finalists. Every school that's offered him is known for their outstanding academic programs, so he's not worried about that aspect of it. He is unsure what he will study in college.

Coleman said he doesn't have a feeling about which school he will choose at this point, and he hopes the right choice will make itself clear as he takes his official visits.

"It's pretty much going to be whatever the best fit is for me," Coleman said. "My parents aren't really pushing me for anything really. I just know that I want to stay in the Midwest."


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