There's a new feeling surrounding the Mauldin Mavericks' football program. They are one of the teams in the upstate that many folks have been buzzing about around the watercooler for the past few weeks. Coach Doug Shaw's team has been dominant in their first three games and people are wondering can they keep it up? Well one of the big reasons why the Mavericks are enjoying so much success early on is the play of 2010 RB/S Tiquention Coleman. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Coleman for an update concerning his play so far this season and just where his recruitment stands currently.
Last Thursday night Coleman scored three touchdowns for his squad as they triumphed over T.L. Hanna High 44-14. The week before that he was a human highlight tape against the J.L. Mann Patriots rushing for 200+ yards and 3 touchdowns while making plays all over the field from the safety position as well. Add the fact that he had 2 touchdowns called back due to penalties including a Playstation-like punt return reversing his field multiple times en route to the score which was nullified.
"It's overwhelming. I've worked hard for it over the summer. I think you get better from December to August. I'm really happy and just need to keep working hard," Coleman told us.
That fast start has already generated some early interest for Coleman and he shared with us some of the schools he hearing from currently.
Currently Coleman says he feels that NC A&T is showing him the most love in terms of recruiting but that all could change soon once his early senior highlight film starts to circulate. He shines as a running back and safety for Doug Shaw's team. We forecast him as a safety on the next level due to his ballhawking instincts and ability to make highlight quality tackles.
For Coleman it doesn't matter where he plays on the next level.
"I can play defensive back, strong safety, or running back. As long as I'm on the field I'm good."
At 5'10 190 pounds Coleman has decent size for all of the aforementioned positions but he's one of the strongest prospects in the state pound for pound literally. Last year he was 1st in the region for the SC High School Strength Coaches Association and placed 2nd overall in the state in his weight class.
He reports a bench press of 325 pounds, squat of 455 pounds, power clean of 260 pounds, a 4.47 second 40 yard dash, and a 4.15 second pro shuttle time.
This offseason Coleman was only able to make a visit to Clemson but he says he plans on trying to make a visit to Marshall when they take on East Carolina. He also intends to take in a game at NC A&T in about three weeks as well.
Coleman says the game against J.L. Mann is by far his most memorable so far. "JL Mann was my most memorable game because since I've been in high school they've been beating us. We made up our minds to go out play well and dominated them 63-34."
Taking things one game at a time there is a game he's looking forward to. "I'm looking forward to the Dorman game and I got a feeling they are gonna come in there 6-0 and we are too. I don't think we've ever beaten them since I can remember. I'm looking forward to going up against them and beating them and sending them to the house."
For his talents at the running back position he says he owes most of his success to the powerful offensive linemen in front of him as well as all of the coaching staff.
Throughout his career Tiquention has seen a number of great players on the football field and he talked about some of the toughest he's lined up against.
"I'd say Nick Jones from Byrnes is one of the toughest, he's elusive and it's hard to make an open field tackle on him. Marcus Lattimore is another one…he's so strong and tough to bring down. Walt Canty at Dorman last year is the same thing. He works hard and has really good feet and he can play any position on the field so you gotta account for all that."
Coleman told us what it is exactly that he'll be looking for when making a decision for school. "I'm looking for a school that's gonna welcome me in fully, not just give me a scholarship and just be another player on the team. I just want to make sure the people are welcoming to me and the atmosphere will play a role for me too."
Coleman will take the SAT October 10th and reports a 2.7 GPA. Check out Coleman's monstrous performance against J.L. Mann by clicking the video player at the bottom.
Stay tuned for more updates and video footage of Coleman over the course of the season so stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for the very best coverage of the state's top high school football and basketball prospects.