J.C. Coleman capped off an outstanding high school career with a state championship last Saturday. The Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) speedster won’t have to wait long to start college life, as he is all set to enroll at Virginia Tech next month.
“He’ll finish with us in the next couple of weeks. “He’s going to head to Virginia Tech in January,” Oscar Smith head coach Richard Morgan said of Coleman.
An excellent student, Coleman carries a 3.7 GPA. Morgan isn’t sure when the talented running back decided to graduate early, but he knows it will help in getting a head start in adjusting to major college football.
“Academically, he was already where he needed to be. He thought, ‘I have a 3.7 GPA. I’ve got all my classes in, so why not get jumpstarted early?’,” Morgan said. “It’ll give him an advantage over the other freshmen coming in.”
From an individual perspective, Coleman’s senior season did not go as planned. The 5’7″, 175-pound tailback suffered a serious ankle sprain that sidelined him for three games late in the regular season. He returned to the field but was never 100-percent healthy. Not really even close, as a matter of fact.
“He still wanted to be out there with the team, and play as much as he could,” Morgan said. “He was more a mental and motivational lift to the team. He gave other players confidence. He wasn’t his normal self, but J.C. at half speed is better than a lot of people at full speed.”
Coleman rushed for about 1476 yards and scored 25 total touchdowns this season. In spite of the injury, he rushed for 63 yards and three scores in Oscar Smith’s 47-21 state title win over Centreville. Now, Morgan says, “He’s going to relax. He’ll stay off of it and let it heal. He’ll maybe lift some weights with us, and when he gets up to Tech he’ll get back into it.”
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