Top 22: Alter's Nick Coleman
KETTERING -- At Alter the expectations are always high. But lately the Knights have come up short of reaching the state tournament.
This year Nick Coleman and company hope the change that.
While Alter reached the regional finals which was a huge improvement on the previous two seasons the Knights are still looking for their first trip to state since 2010 and first title since 2009.
If they do a big reason will be because of Coleman. The top 22 selection has committed to play at Notre Dame as a cornerback. But he also thrives for Alter as a running back, leading the team in rushing.
He has game changing speed and abilities and along with the rest of the seniors are looking to lead the program to its third state championship.
"The coaches preach state championship game, that's what it's always about for us and this year's no different," Coleman said.
"You don't just show up and expect to do well. The past two years and even the year before that getting bounced in the playoffs early. It's definitely a humbling experience. It was a great season, great team last year but we always want to get better and get further and further in the playoffs."
"He's (Coleman) one of the best athletes we've had in a long time," senior defensive tackle and Pittsburgh commit Kraig Howe said.
"The fact that he's a DB getting recruited and going to school as a DB and playing running back and one of the best around town that's crazy in itself and it says a lot about his abilities."
Alter will face traditional rival Fairmont in week one. While the Knights have controlled the rivalry lately, the last two meetings have been decided by a total of 10 points.