November 2, 2011
Coleman high on the Spartan radar
Michigan State does not have a lot of scholarship spots left for the class of 2012, but one player they are recruiting very hard is Tevin Coleman of Oak Forest High School in Illinois. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect and has some details on his recruitment.
Coleman is one of the top uncommitted players in the Midwest. Rivals.com ranks him a 3-star recruit and the #34 running back in that nation for the class of 2012. He is also rated the #12 player in Illinois. Coleman holds an impressive list of scholarship which includes BCS programs such as Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Minnesota. In all, Coleman has
over 15 scholarships to select from.
Coleman is having an outstanding senior season for Oak Forest. He has helped lead his team to the 2nd round of the playoffs and this weekend. We asked Coleman about his season.
"It is going well, he said. We pay Lemont this weekend. I have rushed for982-yard on 75 carries and scored 19 touchdowns."
Coleman has helped lead Oak Forest to a 7-3 record on the season. The game against Lemont will be a rematch. Lemont, who is undefeated at 10-0, defeated Oak Forest earlier in the season by a score of 41-13. In that game Coleman was limited to 4 carries for 28-yards. This weekend look for his touches to be much more than that.
Coleman was initially planning on coming up to East Lansing the weekend of October 15th to see the Spartans and Wolverines play. He talked with Spartsnmag.com about the schools he has visited and his thoughts on Michigan State.
"I have been to Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, Coleman stated. "I was unable to make it up that weekend (Michigan). I was there for the Wisconsin game and I thought it was great."
The visit to Michigan State was not the first time Coleman has been on campus. This past spring he came up to check things out and get to know the coaching staff. He also liked the academic support that Michigan State provides its athletes at the Clara Bell Smith Center.
Coleman went on to inform SpartanMag.com that Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio wants him to come back to East Lansing for an official visit. As of right now Coleman said he will not be taking any visits until after he complete his senior season. He hopes to be playing for several more weeks.
One of the reason why the Spartans like Coleman so much is he is an exceptional all-around athlete who could help the team at multiple; position, be it running back, defensive back, wide receivers and returns. Coleman is one of the fastest players in the Midwest. Last spring he took second in the state in the long jump and 4th in the state in the 100-Meters. He has a personal best of 23-feet in the long jumpo and has clocked a 10.6 100-Meters.
The Spartan staff like to have uncommitted prospect officially visits at the same time as committed ones. It is very possible that the coaches will look to have Coleman on campus either the weekend of December 2nd or 9th. Those weekends look to be the ones the Spartan staff is targeting for big visit weekends.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to report how Coleman fairs this weekend in his playoff game and if he sets up an official visit to Michigan State.
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