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Five-star WR Coleman high on FSU after official visit

Class of 2022 five-star wide receiver Kevin Coleman was in Tallahassee for the first of five official visits over the weekend. The St. Louis, Mo., native is one of the top offensive targets on Florida State’s recruiting board, as well as programs like Alabama, Texas, USC, Oregon and others. 

Coleman, who is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, ranks as the third-best receiver prospect and the No. 22 overall prospect in the class of 2022. Coleman spoke about his time in Tallahassee and what stood out to him. 

“I love the campus,” said Coleman. “I love the facilities. I also love Tallahassee. It’s just a college town with some HBCUs around it. I just love the city.” 

Coleman arrived Saturday morning to begin his official visit and left Monday morning following an exciting game to kickstart FSU’s season. Coleman wanted to see how the team would perform against a formidable foe and spoke on his expectations of the Seminoles in their season opener, as well as a takeaway he made from what he saw on the field. 

“I just wanted to see fight,” said Coleman. “The team had fight in them. They had a dog mentality to keep going. Last year they weren’t so good. They had a rough season and a new coaching staff. Then, Notre Dame, they have been top 4 for a couple of years, so I just wanted to see a good game. I wanted to see what the offense looked like. The play calls were crazy — really good, really amazing. It really amazed me to see how the offense did.” 

With an energy that had not been seen within Doak Campbell Stadium in years, Coleman mentioned the impression the crowd made on him as a potential future Seminole. 

“It was like watching it on TV,” said Coleman of the game atmosphere. “Just the tradition and that big crowd and I could just imagine myself playing in front of a big crowd like that … The war chant, it was like seeing it in a video game. I loved how the crowd was into the game the whole time.” 

Coleman added that many fans recognizing him as well as other standout recruits at the game also played a factor in the experience. 

“That was another big thing,” said Coleman. “I loved seeing the fans know who we were. It just showed that they really care about the athletes. That was really crazy. I didn’t expect that at all.” 

Coleman said he values trust and transparency in a coaching staff and revealed what the Florida State coaches had told him before the game regarding a couple plays they planned to run.  

“The biggest thing is being a man of your word, and (the coaches) are men of their word,” said Coleman. “Like the first play of the game, Coach already told me they were going to throw a screen, and that’s exactly what they did. They told me between the fifth and eighth play (of the game) that they were going to throw the ball deep down the field and that’s what they did. My biggest thing is just trust.” 

As far as the rest of the game, Coleman explained what he was looking for within the FSU attack and what he liked to see most.  

“They used a lot of option routes and that’s what I like,” said Coleman. “They are going to go downfield and put the ball in the air. I love how they spread the ball out and when one guy caught fire like No. 22 (Ja’Khi Douglas), they kept trying to get him the ball. That’s one thing I like — when momentum came to 22, they kept trying to feed him.” 

Coleman said he plans to visit Texas, Oregon and Arizona State, with his final official visit to Alabama or USC. But Coleman said he plans to return to Tallahassee for the Miami game on Nov. 13 and will announce his commitment to the college of his choice on Jan. 8 at the Under Armour All-American game. 

After his first official visit being at FSU last weekend, the highly touted pass-catcher divulged where the Seminoles stand within his recruitment. 

“They are going to be one of my very top schools — I know for a fact top three or top two,” revealed Coleman. “I’m not going to say too much, but they left a big mark.”