One of the biggest prep linemen on the east coast is now a Mountaineer.
The WVU football team landed a verbal commitment from Marcus Coleman over the weekend. The Maryland native is listed at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds. He will be a key cog for the Mountaineers and, hopefully, a mean sacking machine.
He is the first defensive lineman to commit to the WVU football team in the Class of 2017. The Mountaineers could certainly use any defensive help as the coaching staff is still juggling some areas of need for the upcoming season.
Depending on how this campaign shakes out, as talented seniors Noble Nwachukwu, Larry Jefferson, Darrien Howard and Christian Brown will graduate.
The depth chart at DL also has underclassmen in Reese Donahue, Jeffery Pooler, John Groh, Adam Shuler, Alec Shriner and Jaleel Fields waiting in the wings. Coleman can easily compete for a spot right away when he arrives on campus for the start of the 2017 season.
Coleman already has all the tools necessary to be a solid defensive lineman. According to Kevin Kinder of BlueGoldNews.com, he “beats a lot of blocks right off the snap because (offensive linemen) can’t get an angle.”
The ability to evade blocks and swarm around the big bodies in front can give the defense a huge advantage over a driving offense. Coleman is already strong and once he gets on a true college lifting program, he can truly be a monster.
Coleman has recently said that he “increased my bench 125 pounds and squat 200 pounds this off season and I’m in great shape just wait.”
Like the WVU football team’s other recent commit, Ricky Johns, Coleman has yet to gain traction as definitive national star on the prep stage.
According to a self-written, well-explained message on his Twitter account, Coleman said he has yet to receive any stars by any recruiting services. That is a peculiar fact, because Coleman currently holds ten Division I offers. Aside from the Mountaineers, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia and Syracuse have offered him a scholarship. Some D-I FCS teams have also experessed interest.
A strong senior campaign with Riverdale Baptist in Largo, Maryland will definitely give Coleman the attention he deserves. It’s also the attention he has earned.
He has let this seemingly lack of respect as motivation to get better and become a strong all-around football player. The WVU football team did the right thing in offering Coleman early because it’s that loyalty and dedication that goes a long way with teenagers.