Marco Coleman is one of the best players from the Santa Ana, CA area in the Class of 2024.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Coleman, who attends Mater Dei High School, is a dynamic player that works as a wide receiver and defensive back.
Coleman has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as being selected for the Youth1 ACT, Freshman 450 and The Show.
Coleman is humbled by the accolades.
“These awards and events mean that I am starting to get recognized and I need to continue to work hard to get even more exposure,” Coleman said. “It was a great experience. I got to go against some guys that were older than me and it allowed me to test myself.”
Coleman has attended the following camps: Top 100 Showcase at Winner Circle Academy, Pyramid Rankings camp, UA All American Combine, Showcase Football 2020, The Show, and The Opening.
No matter the opponent, every game Coleman is determined to give it his all.
Coleman is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Coleman steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to play physical, play hard, out-smart the other team, and keep my teammates in good spirits,” Coleman said.
Coleman has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Coleman tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love the excitement and joy I feel when I’m on the field,” Coleman said. “All that happiness and joy I feel while being surrounded by my teammates is what makes football fun.”
Coleman has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
“It has taught me the importance of having friends,” Coleman said. “Some of the people I have met through football will be my brothers for life.”
Coleman shares his favorite memories of playing football.
“My favorite memories of playing are right before a big championship or a playoff game,” Coleman said. “Getting ready to go to war with my teammates will always be the best.”
Coleman takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Coleman makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by inspiring my team and answering any questions they may have,” Coleman said. “The best advice I’ve given to my teammates is to always keep your head up no matter what happened on the last play. Have a short term memory and focus on the next play.”
Coleman is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I have learned a lot from my coaches. They told me what to do in certain situations and have given me advice about life in general. They told me how to greet coaches and to be as respectful as I can no matter where I am,” Coleman said. “The best advice my coaches have given me is to keep my grades up. They all told me football is going to end at some point and I need to be smart and get a degree to continue life after football.”
Coleman patterns his mentality after this standout.
“I have always looked up to Dez Bryant. He was always respectful even though he thought no one could guard him,” Coleman said. “That confidence was a great mindset and I copied it and applied it to my mindset.”
Coleman lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“Math is my favorite subject because I have always been good with numbers and math comes easy to me,” Coleman said.
Coleman explains his collegiate aspirations.
“I don’t have a preferred college,” Coleman said. “I would like to go to a D-I school to get a great education and a chance to play football.”
Coleman maintains a rigorous schedule to stay sharp.
“I have a bench press I use to get a lift in when I can,” Coleman said. “Also I use cones and ladders for agility drills.”
Coleman is striving for greatness in all that he does.
“For high school, my goal is to start on varsity for 3 years and graduate with a 4.0 GPA,” Coleman said.
Coleman describes what he believes separates himself from the pack.
“I think that my work ethic and leadership is what sets me apart from other athletes,” Coleman said. “I’ve always worked as hard as I can and bring my teammates' spirits up.”
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