Coffey Perks Interest From College Scouts

A report is featured on a prospect from John Paul II High in Tennessee.

Hendersonville, Tenn.--With a nice combination of size, speed and athletic ability plus proven success as an athlete, Courtney Coffey is an interesting prospect for a college football program looking for a physical fullback in the 2007 signee class.

At 5-10 1/2, 225-pounds with what he says is 4.6 speed in the 40, Coffey is receiving early attention from a wide variety of colleges.

A two-time state champion wrestler in the 215-pound weight class for Pope John Paul II High, Coffey knows his way around the football field, too. As a junior, he rushed for seven touchdowns, carrying the ball 128 times for 677 yards as a fullback and tailback.

Coffey is being recruited by SEC schools such as Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Arkansas as well as others such as Illinois, Colorado, Richmond, Marshall, MTSU, Virginia, Princeton, Memphis Duke, Bucknell, Navy, Army, Harvard and Memphis.

A three-year starter, in addition to playing running back, he has seen action at noseguard and defensive tackle, but is moving to middle linebacker for his senior season.

This spring he is competing in the discus and shot put for Pope John Paul II

Although his school hasn't started spring football practice yet, Coffey notes that college scouts from Michigan, Alabama, UAB, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Bucknell have stopped by the high school to check out the prospects there. One of the attractions for recruiters is athletic receiver Golden Tate, who is coming off a very impressive junior season.

When it comes to impressive seasons, it would be tough to top the one that Coffey just had as a wrestler. He defended his state title in the 215-pound class and finished the season with a 50-1 record with his only loss coming to an out-of-state competitor.

In the classroom, Coffey says he is interested in majoring in English in college and plans to check out some universities after he finishes his junior year of high school. "I will be going to a few summer camps this year, but I am not sure which ones yet," he says. "I don't want to overextend myself, but I plan to go to three or four."

As would be expected of a champion wrestler, the junior is physically strong. "I did a 345 bench press last year, but I think I can do a lot more than that now," he says.

He is being recruited as both a football and wrestling prospect. "I like both sports equally," says Coffey.

The big athlete doesn't have any early scholarship offers, but that is expected to change.

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