Tailback J.C. Coleman may only be 5-7, 170 pounds, but he is the next big-time prospect to come out of Oscar Smith High School (Chesapeake, VA). He rushed for 1,399 yards as a sophomore before going for 1,402 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground this past season as a junior. A dynamic option in the receiving game as well, the speedster totaled 30 receptions for 485 yards and six scores in 2010.
“There really are no questions about him other than the fact that he is not huge,” Tigers head coach Rich Morgan said. “He’s the fastest kid around. He has great hands. He can run routes. We use him in a lot of different ways. It’s just a matter of whether a college coach thinks he fits their system.”
Coleman put his talents on display against top out-of-state prospects in January, when he participated in the Under Armour All-America Football Combine in Kissimmee, Florida. The state of Virginia star posted one of the top 40-yard dash times at the event, running a 4.48-second 40. Speed is certainly one of Coleman’s main attributes.
“That’s not something you can really teach,” Morgan said. “He has game-changing type speed. That’s what pops out when you look at film. He can get you a quick six points. Every offensive coordinator wants a guy who can produce points quickly. Secondly, he has vision. Those are two things he has over other people.”
The Under Armour Combine “was a really good experience for me,” Coleman said. “A lot of different kids were there. There were kids from everywhere, kids a lot bigger and faster than I typically play against. It was different, but I was able to play with them.”
A major college recruit, Coleman scored an ACC offer last week and is closing in on double-digit scholarship offers.
“Last week, I received an offer from Duke,” Coleman said. “I’m currently up to eight offers. There is Virginia, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Maryland, Duke, Old Dominion and Florida International.”
The speedy talent discussed how he plans to go about finding the right school.
“I’m just going to do visits, take my time and enjoy the process,” Coleman said. “I’m going to see what fits me best academically...
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