June 22, 2011

SU in Coleman's top five

Pittsburgh (Pa.) Peabody's Jaylen Coleman is one of the top inside linebackers in the country according to Rivals.com. Even though most want him as a linebacker one school recently offered at a different spot and caught him off guard.

"Syracuse offered a couple of months ago when they came down to my school, Coach Adkins came to the school," Coleman said. "I was excited when they offered because it is the Big East and I was also surprised when they offered me for running back.

"A lot of the schools that have offered me now have offered me for linebacker. I was just really surprised when Syracuse offered for running back."

Since the offer came in there has been a period where coach can't contact prospects and that has slowed everything down for Syracuse and Coleman.

"Things have kind of slowed down because I have not been in contact with them much right now. Other than that they want me to come see the campus and all that. It will be good when I get a chance to go up there and meet all of the coaches."

Coleman, 6-foot-1, 220 pounds does not know when he will visit the Orange, but what he does know is the tradition the school has.

"I know they have had a lot of big backs and a good tradition. The movie about Ernie Davis made me kind of see the tradition that they have."

Over the years he has seen what big backs can do in college and he feels his size will help him at the next level if he plays running back.

"I think my size helps me a lot because I am big, I can move, and I can run through people"

With a lot of time still left in the recruiting process Coleman has some favorites, but he admits there is still a lot to learn.

"My favorite right now is Pittsburg and I also like Cincinnati. I really have a lot of schools I like, so I really don't know. Syracuse is in my top five I know that."

That learning process continues this week as he heads out of town for some visits.

"This Thursday I leave for Florida and then I head to Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida State."

With even more visits after that to take Coleman is not close to being ready for a decision.

"My final decision will be late in the season or after the season."

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