SAN ANTONIO â€” Treston Coleman is making history.
When the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. today in the Alamodome, Coleman will be Frankstonâ€™s first player to participate in the contest. The All-East Texas running back wants to make that opportunity memorable.
Coleman already has memorable credentials from Frankston, rushing for 2,096 yards during this past seasonâ€™s 4-7 campaign, while totaling 4,208 career yards. That happened in Class 2A football. This game gives him a chance to show what he can do against some of the best players in Texas in all classifications.
â€śThat is really an honor,â€ť the 5-10, 230-pound Coleman said. â€śIâ€™m going to go out and hopefully help put Frankston on the map. I really feel blessed. Iâ€™m going to try to have as much fun as I can.â€ť
This yearâ€™s all-star event couldnâ€™t have worked out better for Coleman. Since he signed with UT San Antonio this past February, playing in the Alamodome, the stadium heâ€™ll call home in college, gives the Frankston product a chance to give a preview of things to come.
â€śThis is a good thing,â€ť Coleman said. â€śI have a chance to get my name out and show what I can do.â€ť
Coleman has already had a taste of life in the Alamo City. Following high school graduation, he enrolled at UTSA to take classes and get a feel for college football during summer workouts.
The early drills wonâ€™t be as intense as the ones coming up in a few weeks in two-a-days, but it still is a good way to break the ice. Coleman already feels like he is fitting into the scheme of things.
â€śItâ€™s a big transition obviously coming from a small town like Frankston to a city like San Antonio,â€ť Coleman said. â€śThis is helping me see what itâ€™s like because when youâ€™re at a small school you donâ€™t go against a lot of college-type athletes. Iâ€™ve already learned so much. Our strength and conditioning coaches help us to be the best we can be on the field. Our academic advisors want us to excel. UTSA is a great place because they want you to be successful on and off the field.â€ť
Playing college football was a dream of Colemanâ€™s since the beginning. When he started producing big results on the football field, it started becoming a reality as several colleges started taking an interest.
When it came down to making his decision, UTSA offered the most opportunities.
Getting to play for legendary coach Larry Coker was a strong selling point. The city was to his liking. What attracted Coleman the most was being part of a new football program that had a bright future.
â€śSan Antonio is a beautiful city,â€ť Coleman said. â€śWho wouldnâ€™t want to come to a town like this? What really attracted me was the team and coaches treated me like I was already part of my team during my official visit. The players are friendly and fun to be around. Thereâ€™s no separation from freshmen and seniors.
â€śThe coaches take time out to help you. If you donâ€™t understand something, theyâ€™ll work with you to make sure you are prepared. Coach Coker is phenomenal. He has that national championship (at Miami) under his belt. Hopefully, heâ€™ll get us to that level at UTSA.â€ť
UTSA went 4-6 in its inaugural season a year ago. With more experience returning, the Roadrunners hope to make additional strides. This year theyâ€™ll shed their independent status by playing in the Western Athletic Conference before moving to Conference USA the following season.
Coleman is ready to be part of that growth.
â€śI want to be one of the players who help this program grow,â€ť Coleman said. â€śBut we all have to start on the right track. We have to hit the ground running hard and Iâ€™m going to prepare mentally and physically the best way I can.â€ť
Coleman proved he was willing to go the extra mile during his progress in high school. The reward is a chance to play in college.
â€śI had great coaching,â€ť Coleman said. â€śI put in a lot of hard work on the field. Sometimes I would stay after to get in extra reps. I tried to do every little thing I could to help myself so I could help the team win.â€ť
Now, Coleman looks to do the same on a bigger stage.