Coleman ready to prove himself

Recruiting for junior running back J.C. Coleman of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith has remained relatively quiet over the last two months. Coleman continues to hold three offers, and has turned his attention to his upcoming schedule, which will include a big event in New Jersey.
"I'm still pretty much just getting mail from the same schools," said Coleman. "Virginia Tech is supposed to come in this week and Maryland came in today, and said they liked me. They said that they'll be back next week. Virginia comes just about every week."
Coleman, whose three offers come from West Virginia, Florida International and Old Dominion, gave some more insight on the newer schools that are pursuing him.

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"Well Maryland, this is the first time I ever heard from them," said Coleman. "They haven't sent mail before, but the ones I would say that are showing the most interest are USC, UNC, Tennessee and Virginia. I receive a lot of handwritten mail from those schools, and Virginia is always here to see me."
There are no current plans to visit any schools, but he would like to attend a number of summer camps. He will also take his talents to New Jersey on March 12th for the NUC/Rivals.com Five-Star Showcase.
"I would like to prove that I'm a very dynamic back and that I could make things happen," said Coleman. "I would also like to raise my stock and get noticed by colleges, and the last thing is that size doesn't matter when you have heart. So I just want to go out there and compete with the best."
Coleman finished his junior season with 1,407 yards and 20 touchdowns on 152 carries, while adding 33 receptions for 603 yards and six touchdowns.
"Things went pretty well, but we didn't end the season the way we wanted to," said Coleman. "We lost in the regional championship game to Bayside. For me, I bettered my stats from last year, so I'm pretty pleased with my individual play."