Just a week before some of the top recruits in the country head to South Bend, Notre Dame has begun building momentum on the recruiting trail. Just a day after Micah Dew-Treadway committed to the Irish defense, Ohio cornerback Nick Coleman pledged his commitment to the Irish on Thursday.
Coleman adds another piece to an Irish recruiting class that’s rapidly taking shape. The Archibishop Alter product, the same school that produced quarterback Malik Zaire, decided to pull the trigger after collecting an offer from the Irish in May.
Coleman had offers from Michigan State, Pitt, Illinois, and Boston College, along with a slew of MAC offers. He’s a six-foot cornerback who starred as a running back last season at Alter.
Our friends at Irish Illustrated got the money quote from Coleman, who all but followed the ultimate playbook with his rationale.
“They obviously have the best of both worlds in terms of academics and athletics,” Coleman told Steve Hare at Irish Illustrated. “They play on a national stage every week too. I wanted to be a part of that.
“You know it when you know it and I knew it. They turned us loose and we could have left last night but I wanted to stay so we just went out to eat and celebrated. I told the coaches this morning and we took some pictures and then I left.”
Coleman’s an interesting prospect who lacks the quality offers we’ve seen from some recent Irish commitments. But he steered clear of the camp and combine scene this summer, likely playing a role in his modest 3-star ranking and limited set of offers.
“You’re talking about a big, good-looking, physical corner that’s going to come in physically ready to play,”247Sports.com director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong told the South Bend Tribune. “If he’d have camped this summer, he’d have really seen his stock soar.”
After watching Coleman’s tape, it’s hard to disagree. It’s also hard to see what the Irish didn’t like in him as a running back. But with a powerful running style and a nose for contact, Coleman might not rate as high as some other cornerbacks on the board, but expect him to turn into a quality player.
Coleman’s commitment is the 11th in this class, joining Nicco Fertitta, Prentice McKinney in the secondary.