"Yeah, I'm really excited," said Coleman. "The USC coaches came to my school today to watch me workout. It was Coach Pete Carroll, Coach Ruel and Coach Kiffin. After they left I got a message saying to give Coach Carroll a call. I was hoping it was going to be a scholarship offer but I wasn't really sure until he said it. He asked if I was really interested in the Trojans? I told him, yes, I was very interested. He asked if I was ready to commit if he offered and I told him yes. After that he said I was a Trojan for life from that point on."
An early commit was not something that Coleman had planned on making as he was looking forward to going through the recruiting process. After moving from Tonga last year, the thought of flying around the country checking out some of the top college programs seemed pretty appealing but once it became clear that a Trojan offer was imminent his thinking began to change.
"We had called the Trojan coaches last week and they asked us our thoughts on considering an early commit if they were to offer," said Clark Christensen, the husband of Martin's sister Jennifer, who Martin lives with in Huntington Beach. "We talked about it as a family, we called Martin's family in Tonga and then we also discussed it with Edison coach Dave White. It all came down to the fact that USC had the best of everything, they were listed first in every category we were looking at. The only hold-up was the thought that Martin wanted to take some trips. After we looked at it though we realized it was a no-brainer to lock up the scholarship, there really was no reason to wait."
With offensive line being such a primary focus of recruiting for this class, Coleman becomes the first in-state lineman to receive a Trojan offer after also recently receiving an offer from Miami, another school that had been on his original short list. For Coleman, a player who came to the United States one year ago with the hopes of getting a Division 1 scholarship to any school possible, it's a dream come true.
"After I got home today I called my mom and dad in Tonga and they were so happy. We just couldn't believe this was happening to me."
Martin Coleman Scouting Report from Brian Matthews