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Major Recruit Verbals to UB

Why has James Coleman, a running back sought by the likes of Michigan, West Virginia and Rutgers, made made a verbal commitment to attend UB?

For one, Coleman, who attends Christ the King in New York City, is friends with another player who has given UB a verbal commitment -- wide receiver Kyvaune Brammer of Brooklyn Tech. What's more, Coleman said he was won over after discussions with UB running backs coach Matt Simon, who at the NFL level coached 2,000-yard NFL rusher Jamal Lewis and 2006 MVP LaDainian Tomlinson.

"His whole attitude, his aura, was different," Coleman said of Simon in a New York Post story. "He was a straight shooter. When I verballed, I called him. We have a good bond."

The question is: Will the verbal stand up if bigger schools amp up their pursuit?

"Right now my mind is set on Buffalo. It's a good fit for me," Coleman said. "I didn't want to feel pressure on my back. I feel like I commit now, I can relax."

Coleman goes 6-3, 210 pounds and plays on Christ the King's powerhouse basketball team. Hmm. Another James Starks?

-- Bob DiCesare


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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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