September 1, 2010

Coleman chooses his own path

Big time local player chooses local school. That doesn't seem like the thing that would turn heads but after a few Lake Oswego Lakers have chosen Oregon State, Tyson Coleman's commitment to Oregon was a tremendous boost to the Ducks.

Coleman is a 6' 2", 205lb. high school safety and running back says he is slated to play the SAM position in Oregon's defense for Coach Pellum. "At first I was kinda bummed. I guess I was thinking I was going to play safety, said Coleman, "But then I watched Eddie Pleasant play it last year and it looked challenging and fun. Also, they won't have as many at that spot so I could get on the field earlier there. I've added some weight and strength so I'm now at 6'2", and an even 205lbs. I've got some work to do but I'll be ready." Coleman's physically enough to play a lot of different positions, "Actually, I told them I'm open to offense as well. When I was down there at the camp I ran some routes just to see if it works. It went well but we'll see", said Coleman.

The four-star rated player by Rivals.com, (10th rated safety nationally), was the first known verbal commit to the Ducks' class of 2011 when he went public with his intentions last October. But despite his well-known commitment, the other school has contacted him. "I got an email from one of the UW coaches a few weeks ago. It wasn't like some over-the-top thing or anything." After word got out that one of the coaches had reached out to him, the message boards lit up of course. "One guy even said he thought I de-committed, which was, well it's just not true. I'm still committed to Oregon and really excited about it."

Coleman is excited enough about it to be lobbying his former basketball teammate and friend Brennan Scarlett of Central Catholic. "I wanted him to come to practice with me but his their team was working out so he couldn't make it. Instead, I'm going to the first game of the season with him. He's a great guy. We played basketball together when we were younger."

Scarlett of course is the defensive tackle from Portland who is coveted across the nation. He, Coleman and Colt Lyerla make up what's probably the best three players in one year in a long time. "I'm definitely working on Brennan. He's a great guy and a great player."

As for the practice, Coleman said, "That was the first practice I've been to this summer. But every time I go down there I'm thankful for the opportunity that I'm about to have. The practice fields, the stadium, all of it. Every time I go it reminds me how happy I am about it

Nothing new because I've seen practices but watching them reminds me how I need to be in great shape. I'm planning on coming in the spring and if I want to contribute I have to be ready physically so, that's something I'm definitely focusing on. Coach Neal says you've gotta go hard all the time and that's what I plan to do this year and when I get to Oregon.

The future Duck talked about that workout plan and his senior year as well. "I haven't talked to Coach Radcliffe but as soon as I sign I'll dive into their training plan."

Lake Oswego has a quarterback duel going on as well. We have a quarterback battle going on too. Between a junior and a transfer from Central Catholic. Our running game is going to be real good. We return four out of five starters on the line. We'll be mostly a running team. We play Jesuit and Skyline so hopefully we can beat them both and get ourselves ranked."

The subject of Lake Oswego and the staff's propensity for sending players to Oregon State was something else Coleman commented on. "First, the majority of my friends are Ducks anyway, and my coaches have been cool. They're 100% behind me. They said great things about OSU of course but said it's my decision and I should do what's right for you me. There's no been no pressure to go anywhere but where I want to go really."

Coleman said he'd like to pursue sports medicine someday so at Oregon he's looking to take some science pre-requisites to begin his college education.

The Duck staff has all kinds of options with Coleman. SAM Linebacker, safety, receiver. He's big and talented and able to do a lot of different things. And wherever Coleman plays on the field, that field is going to be inside Autzen Stadium.

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