Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison High starts out as the No. 19 team preseason in the RivalsHigh national rankings. Highlighted by a deep crop of seniors, the Hawks also feature an electric playmaker in class of 2013 athlete Gairus Coleman.
As a sophomore, the 5-9, 180-pound Coleman caught 16 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He returned two punts for a total of 99 yards and added 16 tackles on defense for the Division 2 state champions.
This fall, Coleman will switch from his outside receiver position to a slot receiver position. He feels that is the spot most colleges will be recruiting him for.
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"They might put me at running back, or I might stay in the slot, which I think would be a better position for me," Coleman said.
Harrison faces a stiff challenge right away in week one with a matchup against RivalsHigh's No. 65 team nationally, Detroit Cass Tech, in the Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan University. Coleman has confidence in a squad that also returns four-star wide receiver Aaron Burbridge and three stars Devin Funchess and Mario Ojemudia.
"My expectations are really high right now," Coleman said. "Going into the first game, based on how good we were last year, I think we have a good chance."
College coaches should be in attendance at several Harrison games this fall, and Coleman is looking to capitalize on the exposure and jump start his recruitment.
"Right now, I don't think I have any offers," he said. "I was talking to Cincinnati last year and they said they really like me. I went to Bowling Green's camp and their coach really likes me. That's pretty much it right now.
"I've got a couple letters from Michigan State, but nothing too serious. They said they want to get me out to a couple games, so I might go through there."
Harrison's matchup against Cass Tech will take place on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. in Eastern Michigan's Rynearson Stadium.