Archbishop Alter (Ohio) corner back Nick Coleman was extremely excited when he recently received an offer from Notre Dame, and at the conclusion of a two-day visit to South Bend this week, the 6-foot, 180-pound defender decided he had seen enough and committed to the Irish.
The Alter standout had over 10 offers from programs like Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. The talented junior had over 30 tackles and broke up 10 passes last season. He also rushed for over 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Coleman becomes the 11th commit in Notre Dame’s 2015 class and is the third defensive back to join the Irish, along with safeties Nicco Fertitta and Prentice McKinney.
“The combination of academics and athletics, they’re on the national stage every week and I wanted to be a part of that,” Coleman said.
Coleman told the Irish staff his decision on Thursday morning.
“They were all ecstatic,” he said. “They were jumping up and down.”
Coleman’s parents played a big role in the decision.
“The coaching staff kind of kidnapped my parents and told them all they needed to hear, which was pretty cool,” he said. “My mom was definitely happy and the fact that they play on a national stage every week is great and Coach (Brian) VanGorder, Coach (Mike) Elston and Coach (Kerry) Cooks really made me feel at home.”
Coleman had been at Notre Dame since Tuesday night prior to leaving on Thursday afternoon.
“On Tuesday night, I saw the Football 101 for women, that was pretty cool,” he said. “I hung out with some guys that night. I saw the stadium, saw the campus, I talked to all the coaches and all the players.”
One of the players Coleman spent time with was former Archbishop Alter quarterback and current Irish quarterback Malik Zaire.
“He said Notre Dame will open up doors for you,” Coleman said of Zaire. “If you come here, make the best of it. It is a great place, so I just wanted to be a part of it.
“I feel I fit in with the guys there really well and I knew I was home as soon as I got there.”
Coleman is a standout running back for Archbishop Alter and could also play safety in college, but the Irish see him as a cornerback who could help in the return game on special teams.
“I am a cornerback at heart,” he said. “I’ll play running back and I’ll score touchdowns, but I’m definitely a defensive player.
“I think I have good length as a corner, good competitiveness and hopefully I can help them get back to the top where they were a couple years ago and actually win it this time.”
Coleman is thinking about returning to South Bend for next week’s Irish Invasion camp.
“It just all depends what’s going on in my real life,” he said. “I know I’ll definitely be up for some games this year, especially the one against Michigan. I’m ready to start recruiting myself, so this should be fun.”
He’s excited about bringing the recruiting process to an end.
“I’m really relieved and just thankful for everything,” he said. “It did get a little hectic, but I found my home and I’m happy. I’m ready to just play my senior year, hopefully go far my senior year and then get up there and do big things.
“I’m glad this decision’s out of the way because things have really been hectic. I bet yesterday was as crazy as ever, especially when people found out I was up at Notre Dame, but now I can get back to being a normal kid and I’m happy about that.
“I just knew it was the right fit and I’m happy to be Irish.”