While diminutive in stature, junior running back J.C. Coleman of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith plays a huge role on the football field. And now with another impressive season behind him, Coleman has turned his attention to recruiting, as he looks to add to his offer total.
"Recruiting has been picking up," said Coleman, who already holds offers from West Virginia, Florida International and Old Dominion. "I'm getting mail from schools all over the country. It's amazing."
As he mentioned, interest is beginning to arrive from coast to coast.
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"LSU, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Oregon, UNC and USC," said Coleman. "Those are the schools that show the most interest right now. They send the most mail. I also talk with the Florida coach from time to time."
This fall, Coleman has taken a visit to Tennessee for their game against Florida and also to Virginia for their game against Miami. He also attended a summer camp at Florida.
"That was real good," said Coleman. "I put on a great performance in front of all of the coaches and we've been in touch ever since."
Coleman hopes to make his next visit to the west coast.
"I would like to get out to Oregon," said Coleman. "I heard that they have very nice facilities, and also USC. I would like to see how the west coast is."
Coleman has a few things in mind as he is looking at schools and programs.
"I'm looking for great academics and a nice, genuine coach," said Coleman. "I would like early playing time, but I wouldn't mind red-shirting my first year too. And a spread offense to help showcase my talents."
During his junior season, which just concluded this weekend, Coleman rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns on 153 carries, while leading Oscar Smith to an 11-2 record.
"I did pretty well," said Coleman. "I stepped my game up a lot from last season, so I'm pretty satisfied with my overall play this season."