- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Pittsburgh University Prep linebacker Jaylen Coleman has postponed his Nov. 4 announcement.
Coleman, a three-star linebacker ranked 25th in the state of Pennsylvania, was going to announce his decision at halftime of University Prep’s regular-season finale, which is also the school’s homecoming game. A new announcement date has not been set.
“I sat down and thought about it and wanted to wait,” Coleman said. “I want to sit back and wait and look and take more of a longer time, not so much rush into it.”
Cincinnati leads for Coleman, who also lists Maryland, Toledo and West Virginia in his final four. Toledo is second on Coleman’s list and has a fair amount of ground to make up to overtake Cincinnati. Maryland and West Virginia are a distant third and fourth, in no order.
“I have a good relationship with the coaching staff, and I love the campus, the program,” Coleman said. “I love their defense – the 3-4.”
If Coleman goes to Cincinnati, he knows he will have a chance to make an immediate impact. The Bearcats are young and inexperienced at the position, leaving Coleman, University Prep’s leading tackler, with an opportunity to earn playing time early. Coleman would join Kenneth Bynum as the Bearcats' top-ranked Class of 2012 outside linebacker, both earning a grade of 78.
Coleman will officially visit Cincinnati on Nov. 11 for its weekend game against West Virginia at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the NFL’s Bengals. A few weeks later on Dec. 2, he will officially visit Toledo.
“Me and the [Toledo] coaching staff is very, very tight,” he said. “I’ve been to campus so many times, their spring game, watched them practice so many times.”
Coleman leads a University Prep (8-1) defense that has only allowed a remarkable 18 points in its eight wins this year and is allowing 4.4 points per game overall. University Prep is part of Western Pennsylvania’s City League, considered a step below the WPIAL.