Compton College has done a great job sending players to the D-I level of late and it appears that trend is going to continue with at least three prospects getting legitimate D-I looks. One of them is wide receiver/athlete Donyae Coleman (5-10, 180, 4.42).
What makes Coleman an even more intriguing prospect is could be ready in June and be a late signing for the class of 2009.
Owen Brown the line coach at Compton College, who also helps their athletes get through the recruiting process has high praise for Coleman.
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"Donyae is a special kid, so special that I can honestly say I can see this kid with an NFL uniform," Brown said. "He has that type of talent and potential."
"Sometimes I see Donyae and ask him what's wrong and he'd say 'nothing coach just getting ready for practice' and that's pretty much every day," Brown said. "Donyae practices and plays with a chip on his shoulder."
"Last season, Donyae played amongst a great core of wide receivers, which included Reggie Dunn (Oregon State), Markish Jones (Cal) and Jewlz Hardy," Brown said. "Despite not getting the ball early in the season, he did anything that was asked of him. He would run hard routes, despite being a decoy, and block down the field, which helped extend plays, usually things receivers choose not to do."
"When Reggie (Dunn) was injured, Donyae filled in and stepped up big time in Dunn's absence and throughout the rest of the season," Brown said. "He is also is also a dangerous kickoff and punt return man who is a threat to take it to the house at anytime."
"In the off season, Donyae has been on a mission in the weight room and on the field working on fine tuning his overall game," Brown said. "He has definitely improved."
"As a receiver, Donyae is the total package. He has great hands, blocks down the field, runs good hard routes, can jump out the gym and is as quick and fast as they come. At the JC combine Coleman had an impressive day as well running 4.42 40 time & 3.88 20 yd shuttle time."
"Every school that comes to Compton on the recruiting trail wants to check out Donyae, but the school that stands out for him early is San Diego State," Brown said. "Because he feels they are an up and coming program with potential to be a great program. He also said he would love to live in San Diego, so that is definitely a plus for the Aztecs."
"The other schools that stand out for Donyae are UCLA, Arizona State and Cal," Brown said. "He likes UCLA because of the location, education and the fact that he thinks that could make an immediate impact."
"Donyae thinks Arizona State has a tremendous coaching staff, has a need for receiver and is a great college town," Brown said. "With Cal, Donyae thinks they have a great offensive system, have a great track record of getting receivers to the next level, and is a school where he can receive a great education."
According to Brown other schools in consideration are USC, Arizona, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and UNLV.
If Coleman doesn't leave in June, he will have three years to play two, but if he's able to sign with a school for the 2009 class, he will have four years to play three.