New Hampton (N.H.) School announced this morning that senior running back/defensive back Javar Coleman has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Maine .
The Brockton native will join his former teammate C.J. Dawson -- who did a post-graduate year at the New Hampton, N.H. campus last year following a stellar career at Natick High -- up in Orono, Maine next fall.
New Hampton Director of Communications Will McCulloch sends out the following release this morning regarding Coleman:
NEW HAMPTON, NH. – New Hampton School running back/defensive back Javar Coleman (Photo attached) of Brockton, Massachusetts, has signed a letter-of-intent to play football at the University of Maine. A 5-foot-8, 175-pound speedster, Coleman was an all-Evergreen League selection as a junior and senior and was a NEPSAC all-New England selection as a senior.
Coleman was recruited as a cornerback by the Black Bears, who are one of the premiere NCAA Football Championship Subdivision teams. He will join former New Hampton player C.J. Dawson on the Maine team.
“Javar was a very good two way player for us over the last two seasons. He helped guide us to two Evergreen League championships and two New England Bowl game appearances,” said New Hampton coach Ed Kiley. “Javar will bring his physical play and athleticism at cornerback to the next level. He will be exciting to watch in the Maine secondary.”
As a junior, Coleman rushed for 1,229 yards and six touchdowns on 138 carries. He also had 39 tackles and two interceptions. As a senior, he ran for 843 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught 10 passes, including one for a touchdown. Defensively, Coleman was a lock-down corner for the Huskies with 39 tackles and four interceptions in nine games.
Coleman is excited about the academics and football opportunities at Maine.
“I'm really interested in the business program at Maine,” Coleman said. “If the NFL doesn't work out, I eventually want to own my own business. From an athletic standpoint, I want to get playing time. They're a moving-up program and an (NCAA) FCS powerhouse.”
Coleman is willing to put in the necessary work to get on the field for Maine.
“I need to get faster, bigger, and stronger,” Coleman said. “You always need to work on everything. It's not one thing. You have to get better at everything.”
Two years at New Hampton seem to have prepared him for the move to college.
“New Hampton School prepared me to live on my own and be independent. It also prepared me to write papers,” Coleman said. “Also, New Hampton really gave me an opportunity to play, and it turned out for the best. I got a scholarship.”
Moving to the college level is something that excites Coleman, who is a passionate about the game and is looking forward to joining a team that shares that passion.
“(My new teammates) all love football as much as I do, and I think it's going to be a great experience,” Coleman said.
Coleman will play for Jack Cosgrove, the longtime Maine coach who hails from Sharon, Massachusetts.
“He's a real down-to-earth guy and really cares about the players and team,” Coleman said.