CB Nick Coleman becomes second commitment in two days for Notre Dame football

South Bend Tribune

Two days. Two recruits.

A day after Notre Dame landed defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway, the Irish staff secured another commitment, its third of the week, when Kettering, Ohio, cornerback Nick Coleman pledged the program.

Coleman plays at the same school, Archbishop Alter, that produced current Irish sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire.

Coleman becomes the third defensive back, but first cornerback, to join the group. Safeties Prentice McKinney and Nicco Fertitta previously picked the Irish.

In Coleman, the Irish are getting a corner with decent size — 6-foot, 175 pounds — and lots of upside.

“You’re talking about a big, good-looking, physical corner that’s going to come in physically ready to play,” director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong said.

Wiltfong believes Coleman could at the least challenge for special teams time when he arrives a year from now in advance of the 2015 season.

The Irish depth chart at the position isn’t hurting, but it isn’t overflowing either.

Of the players expected to see significant time this fall, only Florida transfer Cody Riggs is gone after this season. KeiVarae Russell and Matthias Farley each will be seniors in terms of eligibility in 2015 while Cole Luke and Devin Butler will be juniors.

The Irish signed one cornerback, Nick Watkins, in the freshman group that reports later this month.

In a year, add Coleman to that group.

Coleman is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and 247Sports listed Duke, Illinois, Indiana and Akron as the schools with which he had interest. Wilftong, however, believes that Coleman’s offer list could have grown.

“If he’d have camped this summer, he’d have really seen his stock soar,” Wiltfong said.

Coleman, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, is the 11th player to commit to the group that will sign in February.

“This class is about getting better at the skill positions on both sides of the ball,” Wiltfong said. “Nick is another nice addition.” ¦ 574-235-6428 ¦ Twitter: @BobWienekeNDI

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly discusses the start of the spring football practice sessions Friday at Guglielmino Athletics Complex on the campus. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ