December 30, 2011

New target emerging at LB

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As National Signing Day approaches, Ohio State is still looking to add at least one more linebacker to the 2012 class and new names continue to emerge as potential targets. The latest on that list is Pittsburgh (Pa.) University Prep product Jaylen Coleman. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect is one of the top linebackers in the Keystone State and the Buckeyes have started to turn up the heat in the last few weeks.

"I talked to coach Mike Vrabel like last week," explained Coleman. "He also came by the school like two or three weeks ago to see me. He wants me to take an official visit down there sometime in January."

While the interest from Ohio State is very recent, that doesn't appear to have hurt Ohio State's chances as the talented prospect still holds the Buckeyes in high regard.

"I'm highly (interested in Ohio State)," he said. "When you hear about Ohio State you know they produce good linebackers. Urban Meyer is a good coach and you have a super bowl winning linebacker coach, that's a great thing to hear."

Ohio State joins a group of four other schools that currently have the best chance of landing Coleman and all five schools have a few things in common.

"I like Cincinnati, Illinois, West Virginia, and Toledo," he said. "I'm looking for a good coaching staff that I like, something that's close to home, and a good graduation rate."

Coleman had a huge senior season for University Prep where he rushed for 1,500 yards and also was named first-team all-state as a linebacker.

"My senior season was great, we won our championship and we went 11-2," he said.

As for what makes Coleman such an outstanding football player, the two things he credits the most are his quickness and ability to navigate in traffic.

"I'm very quick to the ball," he said. "I also do a good job of getting blockers off of me."

Coleman is currently participating in the Chesapeake Bowl and will make the bulk of his official visits in January. The late visits will of course mean a late decision from the three-star prospect.

"Probably right before Signing Day or the day of Signing Day," he said.


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