ISN Spotlight:C.J Coldon of Althoff Catholic HS in Illinois 


C.J. Coldon

C.J. Coldon, the 6 foot 170-pound Wide Receiver and Cornerback was the only two-way starter on last year’s 13-1 Althoff Catholic (IL) class 4A state runner up team, and with good reason, he’s a playmaker. Coldon has received offers from Division I schools such as Miami (Ohio) Wyoming, as well as FCS schools like North Dakota State University and Northern Iowa University. After what is expected to be a very good senior season, Coldon can be expected to attract numerous other collegiate suitors looking for a player that can line up at either WR or CB going forward. When watching what Coldon brought to the field his junior season, his skillset matched more of that of a CB, in what I believe to be more of a natural fit across multiple different schemes. In the right system however, there is very much the potential for Coldon to play WR at the next level, even Division I. C.J. Coldon is a very good football player that definitely deserves to be playing at the next level, and with the proper coaching and progression could be a special moving forward.

​At WR specifically, Coldon is a physical player who possesses good size and big strong hands that would be especially effective as a possession receiver doing a lot of the dirty work (crossing routes, slants, etc.) in an offense that utilizes a lot of short/intermediate routes. He has the size and strength to be able to withstand hits from the defensive player and sustain yards after the catch. He also displays good route running, as well as an understanding of where the soft spots are in zone coverages. Coldon, also shows the ability to high point the ball, catching it at its highest point, making him an attractive option in the red zone.

​However, when watching Coldon on film, there are many transferable traits that would lead to the belief that his true position is CB at the next level. While there wasn’t a whole lot of him playing CB on tape, what was shown on film was really impressive, in what could be good enough to impress DI schools. With his size (6’0) he would be big enough to match up with the bigger WR’s in college football and exhibits the necessary speed (4.5 40 time) to be effective. He also shows fluid hips and COD skills, mirroring the opposing receiver in man coverage. His ball skills are also very good, displaying very good range and reactionary skills to break on the ball quickly and catch the ball cleanly. He shows good technique in ability to tackle and bring down the ball carrier, as well as a confidence that is significant for the position.

​Overall, C.J. Coldon is an appealing player at either WR or CB for college teams at the collegiate level. He has transferable traits based on what he has shown at the high school level and still has his senior season to see his stock continue to rise. With what is shown in his film, I believe that CB is his natural fit moving forward, as I feel that it fits his skills more effectively. That’s not to say that he can’t play WR in college, as there was plenty of evidence showing the talent that he has at that position as well. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for C.J. Coldon, either at WR or CB, and he undoubtedly has a bright future for whatever college team is lucky enough to have him on their team in the future.  

Source:ISN Scout Connor Rylatt

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