Plenty of impressive Division I college football programs are paying attention to rising senior defensive end Nick Coe. The talented defensive lineman has seen his recruitment take off after back-to-back impressive seasons for Asheboro High School in North Carolina.
Due to all of his success, offers from in-state schools and out-of-state schools started to come in last fall for Coe.
“Recruiting is great,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Coe. “I think my next offer is going to be from Florida State. I have offers from Old Dominion, UNC Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, UNC Charlotte and ECU.”
Coe received his offer from ECU on April Fool’s Day, or April 1 last week. Luckily for him, the Pirates weren’t joking when they extended him his offer.
Defensive coordinator Rick Smith made Coe’s head coach, Owen George, aware of the offer from ECU and George decided to put the news out on social media. It was then that Coe found out about the offer in an unconventional manner.
“When I got offered from ECU, I was at home getting ready for Virginia Beach Nationals,” said Coe. “I saw coach posted about it on Twitter so I called him to make sure. I was excited about the offer.”
Last fall, Coe made a trip to ECU for its game against Southern Methodist. The Pirates prevailed over the Mustangs by a score of 45-24 and Coe enjoyed himself during the visit. He was able to meet almost every coach during the trip and got to tour the facilities.
The experience went so well, Coe would like to do it again sometime.
“ECU has a good football facility and great academics,” he said. “I plan to learn more about the program. Right now I don’t know when it will be, but I want to go (to ECU) again.”
No official dates are set for Coe’s spring, but he plans to attend spring practices and hopefully a couple of spring games at the schools that have offered.
Coe’s combination of size and speed is an advantage for him on the field. It allows him to make impact plays on defense that ultimately decide the outcome of games. As a junior, Coe had an eye-popping 19 sacks. If that’s not impressive enough, he added 70 total tackles and 15 tackles for loss.
Please check back with IES for updates on Coe’s recruitment moving forward.