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Notre Dame gets (another) commitment from CB Nick Coleman

Jun 13, 2014, 1:16 AM EDT

Nick Coleman

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,” 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.








  1. njnapa - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    With those long strides, He’d be a helluva safety. Love the speed.

    • dickasman - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Y I dunno. It seems like we re going back to safe n sound mode after being left at the altar. Oh well. Rats a$$. Just git er done

    • papadec - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      CB, Safety, RB – Kelly recruits players that can play multiple positions, then turns them over to the assistants who bring the best out of each kid. We’ve seen it over-and-over. It seems to be working.

      • farwest99 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Won’t take long to see what the kid’s got, he’s scheduled to return to South Bend on June 20 for the Irish Invasion camp. ……………………………

    • sharptux44 - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      I’m impressed with him as an overall athlete. He definitely needs to put on some weight for the next level. I think he would do well in a hybrid position on offense. Run runs so hard with the ball in his hands. And It takes a tremendous amount of speed to outrun a guy who’s got the angle on you.

  2. shaunodame - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    I vowed to avoid recruiting for a little while after that Barnett mess, but it’s hard not to get excited with the slew of recent commitments we have landed. With our camp yet to come, this could be one heck of a recruiting coup.

    One side note too that I’m surprised to find out, Ohio State is only sitting at 6commitments for the entire 2015 class. Needless to say, we could be doing a lot worse here at ND lol

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Teams like Ohio State and USC close big at the end. This is nothing out of the norm. Both USC and Ohio State will be in the top 5.

  3. onward2victory - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    Just watched this kids tape. Wow! He’s got to be this years leading candidate for the “Johnny Williams How Is He Only a 3 Star” award.

  4. yaketyyacc - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    gratifying, very gratifying!

  5. mediocrebob - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    He reminds me of Ryan Grant running the ball a little. Dude is pretty smooth.

  6. ndrocks2 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    These last three guys won’t be decommitting anytime soon. Looks like BK is buying futures, hopefully he pulls in some blue chips as well. Any word on Hilliard and visit with his mom?

  7. johngaltisspeaking - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I like this kid he seems incredibly fast.

  8. yllibnosredna - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Looks like ND picked up Elijah Taylor as well.

  9. mediocrebob - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Taylor called and committed while Hilliard was sitting in BK’s office. Bring in Crawford and it’s got to entice Hilliard a little more. If this staff pulls of Hilliard and/or the DE from Minnesota, heads in Columbus would explode.

  10. mattymill - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    It’s only June, so I’m never too concerned with the total # of commitments at this time of yr. With the assumption that this class will be smaller than normal, it is a bit surprising that the last several prospects have appeared to be developmental guys. BK was known for his ability at Cincinnati to take a slew of 3-star guys and develop them into top notch players, which is awesome. That being said, does it feel like they are reaching a bit with some of the recent commits, especially since it’s only June? I understood at the end of the recruiting cycle last year, when they took Mokwuah, as they weren’t in consideration for any of the other Blue Chip DT’s, and it’s always good to have another fatty up front. But it’s only June, and as another poster mentioned Ohio St. only has 3 commits. Is there really a question that Urban Meyer won’t reel in another top 5-10 class? Of course he will. I’m just hoping the remainder of the class consists of guys who have the ability to see the field their freshman year, and not just on special teams.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      I know I will get some down votes for this but this shows exactly what I was talking about in another post about recruiting. Here is the break down since the class of 2011. There is one team that played for a NC that is not on the list. Everyone is always asking what can Notre Dame do to make up for its inability to compete with bama on the recruiting field.

      Simple install the Chip Kelly offense.

      Team Ave points – avg rank – 5 star recruits – 4 star recruits
      1. Alabama 311.72 1.00 18 58
      2. Ohio State 289.73 4.25 6 59
      3. Florida State 283.35 4.75 13 42
      4. Florida 275.74 7.00 6 45
      5. LSU 275.24 7.50 7 55
      6. Georgia 270.99 8.25 9 41
      7. USC 268.08 8.75 8 40
      8. Auburn 267.53 8.75 5 44
      9. Notre Dame 264.95 10.50 5 50
      10. Texas 263.66 10.00 5 47

  11. golfboy66 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    We’re picking up a lot of 3-star recruits this go round. Is this of any concern? Not at all. Weren’t something like 17 of the first round draft picks in the recent NFL draft 3-stars or less coming out of high school? It does, however, emphasize the need for Coach Kelly and his staff to excel at identifying/ evaluating undeveloped talent and then helping these players reach their full potential.
    We talk a lot about ND’s recruiting disadvantages when going head to head with other elite programs in the country. We need a more mature high school student athlete to have interest in ND because they have to think in terms of the big picture, the long term, the “40 year plan”. Our most valuable recruiting tool is the quality of the education and the lifelong support and networking available to ND graduates. Many of the 4- and 5-stars believe they’ll have long careers in the NFL and don’t put as much emphasis on the value a ND education provides. We’ll always get the 3-stars, more than our share of 4-stars, and the occasional 5-star. We just have to trust in our coaches to take the less recognized guys and turn them into the kind of studs who win championships. Go Irish!!

  12. domer77blowsgoats - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Way to sell the 40 year benefit to these kids BK!! eh Nude?

    • nudeman - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Yes Goat … you are right as always.
      Gin Rummy anyone?

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