After a standout junior season at Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison, three-star wide receiver Gairus Coleman has turned in a dominant spring camp and combine season. However, teams are still slow to offer the 5-foot-9, 180-pound prospect.
"I honestly think it is because of my height," Coleman said, "but most [caocehs] say they want to see me out at camp and see what I can do."
Coleman was a key component to his team's run to the championship game at the NLA 7-on-7 regional in Pittsburgh back in April. He then went out last weekend and bested many top cornerbacks in one-on-one's at the NIKE Camp in Columbus, Ohio, and the Midwest Elite Camp in Michigan, grabbing top overall performer accolades at the Midwest Elite Camp.
"It has given me a lot of confidence," Coleman said of his recent camps. "Knowing I am going up against great corners, and that I can still do stuff against them has really boost my confidence a lot."
Coleman is the nephew of Mill Coleman, former standout at Michigan State who also played in the NFL and CFL and now runs his own off-season coaching and mentoring programs.
"My uncle has been there the whole way, helping me with the whole recruiting game and getting better," Coleman said. "He has a lot of experience and knows what's going on because he's been through it all. He knows what I've got to do to get the next level."
One of the schools that Coleman has received some early interest from is his uncle's alma mater, Michigan State.
"I've been talking to Coach [Brad] Salem a little bit," Coleman said. "He just wants to see me out at camp and see what I can do. I'll probably go out there for a one-day camp.
Besides Michigan State, Coleman also plans to attend camps at Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Ball State and Buffalo have also been through Coleman's school asking about him.
"The top [offenses] I feel would fit best are Cincinnati and Western Michigan," Coleman said.
In the meantime, Coleman's training is progressing this spring. He has recently been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.53.