The telephone of three-star athlete/ quarterback Michael Coleman (6-2, 225, 4.5) of San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley has been ringing off the hook since Sept. 1.
So far Coleman and his Arroyo Valley teammates are off to a sluggish 1-2 start, but Coleman has been impressive, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for three.
“I have had four touchdowns dropped,” Coleman said. “But that is OK. I’m going to continue to do my job.”
Coleman has offers from UTEP and Utah. He has received phone calls from Notre Dame, USC, Fresno State, Utah, UTEP, Washington and Washington State.
According to Coleman, USC, Washington and UTEP are talking about setting up visits.
“I haven’t thought much about my visits,” Coleman said. “I am keeping focused on my senior season.
“I’m keeping everything cool right now regarding favorite schools. I just want to concentrate on the job at hand, and that is win football games.”
In an earlier interview, Arroyo Valley head coach Tony Di Thomas said, “Michael has run flawlessly the no-huddle offense since his freshman year. We send in plays by hand signals and he has such a good feel for the game; if he doesn’t like the play he shakes it off like pitcher shakes off a catcher.
“Michael is the best player on the field wherever we play him. Michael has the talent to play anywhere on the field, but he wants a shot at quarterback.”
Entering the 2004 season, Coleman had thrown for 3,046 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for his career. His career rushing totals were 1,482 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns.
Coleman is the prototypical dual-threat quarterback. As a junior, he threw for 1,171 yards and 15 touchdowns. On the ground, he accounted for 710 yards and 10 more touchdowns.