Recruiting on the High Seas // DT Coby Coleman

The third commitment in five days (WR Shawn Corker and OL James Polk) for Mike Leach as Frankston DT Coby Coleman committed to the Red Raiders. 

The Measurables:

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Coby Coleman
Position: DT
Rivals Profile
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Ht: 6'3"
Wt: 280 lbs
Forty: 4.74
High School: Frankston (Frankston, TX)

 

Join me after the jump for some video and thoughts on Coleman.

The Film:

 

Coby Coleman Highlights (via FBCFrankston)

Keep in mind that Frankston is a 2A team, and just by looking at the film, Coleman is physically dominant, in just about every aspect of the game.   I'll get to some of my thoughts on Coleman below, but he looks like one hell of an athlete.

The Scouting Report:

As stated above, Coleman is just physically dominating players across the line from him as he plays defensive tackle.  Obviously, the best form is not for a guy just stand up and simply push the opposing offensive line back and make the play, but whatever works.  I did like the times on film where Coleman was getting low and shooting the gaps to make the play, and thought that this demonstrates Coleman's athletic ability more than anything else.

But perhaps the thing that got me excited more than anything else was the soft hands and ability to get down the field as a tight end.  I'm not saying that I want Coleman at tight end at Texas Tech, but what I am saying is that he's obviously a talented guy that can do a lot of things.  I love the fact that he's able to get down the field and catch a pass with his fingertips.  At the very least, it demonstrates that he knows how to play the game on some level and from my very unprofessional eyes, he's got pretty good athletic ability for a guy that's tipping the scales at 280 pounds.  Coleman may not be the guy that you read about next year that's going to make an immediate impact, but he certainly has the potential to be a Rajon Henley or Richard Jones type of player.

LAJ's Don Williams notes that Coleman emphasized the academics at Texas Tech (Who else thinks that the entire coaching staff is preaching this to all of the parents of any commitments?):

"The thing that really got me is when we went to the academic part,’’ Coleman said. "I really liked how they work their system. Then, of course, the tradition they have at Texas Tech (is a factor). I love their field. I just love everything about Texas Tech.’’

The 2010 Class

We're up to thirteen commitments for the year and notice all of the commitments on the defensive side of the ball.

Position Commitment
QB Scotty Young (6-3/185)
RB Aaron Spikes (5-10/185)
WR Shawn Corker (6-1/189)
OL Beau Carpenter (6-7/260)
James Polk (6-7/290)
DL Jaqwaylin Arps (6-3/230)
Kedrick Dial (6-5/215)
Jackson Richards (6-4/240)
Coby Coleman (6-3/280)
LB Zac Winbush (6-2/200)
DB Desmond Martin (6-0/173)
Russell Polk (5-11/200)
Brandon Smith (6-1/175)

 

Coby, welcome to Texas Tech, and Git Your Guns Up!

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