I got the opportunity to catch up with priority Alabama target Dallan “Deebo” Coleman of the 2021 class. Coleman unofficially visited Alabama back in October in addition to an unofficial in the June summer period. Coach Nate Oats and Charlie Henry have visited Coleman throughout the year as well, including a visit today on January 14th. The staff has made it known to Coleman through their effort and words that he is a high priority for the class.
“The recruiting process has gone well. Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Louisville and Memphis are schools that tell me they are prioritizing me,” Coleman tells Crimson Crossover.
Coleman has not made an official cut list yet and also says he does not have a timeline to do so. Coleman has already had the opportunity to see Alabama’s campus twice on unofficial visits, but plans are in order to make an official visit in the spring. No date has been set up at this point. Coleman also plans to officially visit Memphis, Oklahoma State and Iowa State this spring. Coleman likes what the Alabama staff has been telling him about his game.
“My ability to shoot the ball and being able to guard multiple positions with my size. Also being able to handle the ball and facilitate an offense with my size.”, Coleman said about what the Alabama staff has told him about why he is being prioritized.
Each recruit is different in what they are looking for in a school; Coleman tells Crimson Crossover that he is looking for school where he can “come in and get quality minutes, have a great relationship with the coaching staff, and a program that has great player development.”
It is still too early to predict where Coleman may land, but Alabama has done a great job at positioning themselves in this recruitment. If Alabama is able to land Coleman next year, they will get a high character and highly skilled player. Coleman is a big guard who is extremely switchable on defense, making him an important target for Alabama. In addition to being a defensive utility knife, Coleman can handle the ball, be a smart passer with good vision, be a marksman from 3 and is someone who can put the ball on the floor and run— a perfect player for a Nate Oats system. Coleman pointed out that he wants to go to a program who can develop players. Nate Oats has proven with the returning guys on this year’s team that he can really develop guys into great players. A prime example of this is guard John Petty who has evolved into a versatile, complete player under the current staff. Coleman is a name to keep an eye on this spring and going into the summer as he begins to make official visits.
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