Posted: 8:43 pm Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Suncoast safety Davison Colimon commits to Florida International 

By Matt Porter

Intense, fast and rugged, Suncoast senior Davison Colimon is one of the area’s hardest hitters. He can’t wait to show Florida International’s defensive coaches those qualities every day.

Davison Colimon is the leader of Suncoast's defense. Click for more Suncoast photos. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Davison Colimon is the leader of Suncoast's defense. Click for more Suncoast photos. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

“I love their defense and how physical they are,” said Colimon, who committed to FIU Tuesday. “I really can see myself playing in their defense. Their defense ranked pretty high. As well as winning the [Little Caesars Bowl] last year, and beating key colleges like UCF and Louisville, that really caught my eye as well.”

Among FBS teams, the Golden Panthers (4-2, third in Sun Belt) are tied for 15th in passes defensed (22), ranked 10th in sacks (17) and 17th in yards lost on sacks (111).

Colimon, the No. 27 prospect on the Big Board, has plenty of positive attributes.

He’s 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds and runs a 4.6 40-yard dash. He moves to outside linebacker when the Chargers need him and occasionally plays with his hand down. At FIU, Colimon says he wants to earn his stripes as a run-stopper.

In the spring, he won gold at Class 2A state track meet in the 110-meter high hurdles, was part of Suncoast’s fourth-place 400-meter relay team and was a first-team All-Area track selection. As seen in this video shot on the first day of fall practice, he moves to the ball pretty quick.

Colimon had a list of eight scholarship offers, which he narrowed to three: Southern Methodist, Western Michigan and FIU. He said he appreciated when SMU told him they ran out of safety scholarships – “I felt bad that they ran out, but I’m glad they kept it real” – and said he felt going out-of-state to WMU was a less attractive option than joining a rising in-state program like FIU.

He also had offers from Florida Atlantic, Northern Illinois, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia State and Bryant. On Tuesday after Colimon made his commitment public, Bethune-Cookman offered.

Once he gets to University Park, Colimon said he’s looking forward to playing with former Suncoast teammate Jeff Fulwood, a preferred walk-on freshman safety. Other local Golden Panthers include junior offensive lineman Rupert Bryan Jr. (Glades Central), sophomore defensive back Justin Halley (Boca Raton) and freshman linebacker Kelby Maynor (Berean Christian).

First, though, Colimon wants to help turn around Suncoast’s 2-4 season. The Chargers were embarrassed by Glades Central last week in a 44-3 loss. Colimon said some of his teammates put their heads down when the No. 1 Raiders scored on big plays.

“We talked about that,” Colimon said. “There’s gonna be no more of that.”

The Chargers have a tough road to the playoffs. They’re 0-2 in District 14-5A and need to beat Fort Pierce Westwood (Oct. 28) and Jensen Beach (Nov. 4), then receive help from Boynton Beach (2-0) and Jensen Beach (1-0) lose their district games to have a shot at a potential tiebreaker.

“We’re going to finish strong, starting with these two district games,” Colimon said. “We’re going to finish strong. No one’s giving up.”

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