On Wednesday, Nebraska hosted 3-star linebacker prospect Cullen Coleman for an unofficial visit. The defender, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds, is from Rye Country Day High School in Rye, New York. Coleman is a very intriguing prospect because of his versatility, as he plays running back and linebacker for his high school. He also has over 20 scholarship offers, including Nebraska, Notre Dame, Alabama and almost every Ivy League school.
I caught up with Coleman to get his thoughts on the trip to Lincoln, his decision timeline and more.
Here is the full Q&A:
What were your overall thoughts on the trip?
“I really enjoyed it. I got to meet a lot of the coaches and players plus see the facilities. It was good.”
Who came with you?
“My mom. She liked it too. It was a new place that we both haven’t been before. We got to experience something new so that’s good.”
What position are they looking at you for?
“They are looking at me at inside and outside linebacker. They think I can [play] both and I think so too. It’s inside and outside. In high school, I play outside and running back.”
Which coach do you talk to the most on staff?
“Coach [Barrett] Ruud.”
How is the relationship going with him so far?
“It’s good. I really got to know him and he got to know me better this past trip. It’s getting better.”
What did you think about the practice style at Nebraska?
“It was pretty intense. They mix it up a lot. They played a good amount of 7 on 7s, which is always good. When I went there, it was a contact day so they got to hit a good amount and tackle. It was a good practice.”
What other schools are you looking at right now?
“This month I’m making trips to UPenn, Penn State, Notre Dame and Purdue.”
Do you have plans on making a return trip to Lincoln?
“That came up every now and then with different coaches. I’m thinking about taking an official visit there. We’ll see.”
When would you like to take your officials?
“Probably summer. During the fall, my football games are on Saturdays so it’d be pretty difficult. The summer is when I want to do it.”
Are you thinking before your senior season for your decision timeline?
“Yeah, either later summer or early fall.”
What are some things you are looking for most in a school?
“One where I can fit well in the athletics program and get along with the players as well as the coaches. Academics where it can set me up for the rest of my life. I can turn to that whenever football is over.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.