May 23, 2011

Hooked on a Feeling

It may just come down to getting that feeling and trusting his instincts. But the timing of that is the one unknown.

For Richardson Pearce's Corey Coleman, a decision to make a commitment will have to come when he feels like it's the right time. Late May doesn't appear to be that time.

The 2012 athlete, who has increased his vertical to 40 inches, and his teammates will complete their spring football season on Wednesday with the annual spring game. And he could have an interested spectator in attendance in Baylor assistant coach Kendal Briles.

"I think it's either going to be him or coach [Jim] Gush,'' Coleman said. "I continue to talk to Baylor a lot.''

Coleman recently pulled in his latest offer from California. And it appears the Golden Bears are among his top three contenders including Baylor and Oklahoma. Subsequent talks with Sooners' coaches have revealed that Coleman could play on either side of the ball. Oklahoma originally offered him as a defensive back.

However, Baylor still seems to be the leader at this point of the process. The Bears envision him as another Kendall Wright, a player who can change the complexion of a game with one catch and sidestep.

"I like Baylor the best, honestly,'' said Coleman who has made several trips to Waco. "Every time I go down there, I have fun with the players and I really like the coaches. I really don't know when I'll commit. I'll just have to go by that feeling I get.''

Given his skill set, there should be a lot to look in the fall. Coleman said the spring has involved him working at inside and outside receiver. He has also been working running and passing plays at quarterback when the offense operates in the Wildcat formation.

Coleman believes Pearce could be one of most dynamic Class 4A offenses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area based on how well the skill position players are working together.

Once the spring concludes, he will be moving on to the 7-on-7 season. Then there will be some trips in the summer. Another could be planned for Waco. A second could be for Norman, Ok. A third may be scheduled for Berkeley, Ca.

There is also another trip scheduled for the ACT on June 11. Coleman said he received a qualifying score on the first one but wants to better his score. Then it becomes a matter of dealing with the first big decision of his life.

"I can't let [all the attention] get to me,'' Coleman said. "I have to keep working. Once you start thinking you're too good, you start messing up. I don't want that to happen.''

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