Commentary

Coleman undecided on college future

Updated: April 20, 2009, 10:59 AM ET
By James Quinn | ESPNRISE.com

Brandon Coleman of Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) may be best known as a 6-foot-6, 200-pound receiver and defensive back for the school's football team. Lesser known may be his role as power forward on the Mustangs' highly rated basketball team.

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James Quinn Coleman said he is leaning towards playing football in college.
Colleges have noticed both.

Coleman's football recruiting took off after his junior season. The junior holds nine offers from schools such as Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland and Notre Dame. On the basketball court, Coleman has received interest from George Mason, Navy, Richmond and Massachusetts.

Coleman told ESPNRISE.com he doesn't know which sport he will play in college, but he knows which positions he prefers to play.

"I want to be a receiver in college," Coleman said. "I prefer playing offense. Whether I play wide receiver, H-back or tight end depends on how much bigger I get.

"I play mostly power forward [at McNamara] and some center. I guess if I played basketball in college, I'd be a 3 [small forward] or a 4 [power forward]."

Coleman was named to the second-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference last season for his play on the football field and helped the basketball team to a 22-11 record.

Although the Mustangs were led by 6-foot-9 University of Pittsburgh recruit Talib Zanna and 6-foot-3 George Mason recruit Rashad Whack, both All-WCAC players, the team's success this past season was largely attributable to the tough rebounding and interior defense Coleman provided. He played both power forward and center for head coach Marty Keithline this past season. Coleman averaged eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots a game.

"Brandon used to mostly be just a defensive specialist, rebounder and interior player for us," Keithline told ESPNRISE.com at midseason. "But he has really improved as an all-around player in terms of his ability to score more and do more things offensively and being more versatile as an all around player. He is obviously a great athlete and a very tough player and competitor, but he has also improved his skills and made himself a really good basketball player."

So does Coleman consider himself a two-sport star?

"No, I just consider myself an athlete," Coleman said." I just like playing sports. As a kid, I also played soccer, baseball, I swam and played lots of sports. As I got older, I just focused more on football and basketball, but I really just consider myself an athlete."

Although Coleman is undecided whether his college future rests on the gridiron or the hardwood, he concedes he is leaning toward football.

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James Quinn covers high school basketball for MDVarsity.com.