He was told by Georgia Saturday that good news could come later this spring.
"I was talking with Mark Richt and he told me Georgia liked me a lot, that they wanted to offer me, and that they would offer me if I get may academics right," Coatney told Scout.
"Coach Richt spent a lot of time with me and me and my mom really like him. If Georgia offers me, then it will be very exciting. I have always liked Georgia and I like them even more now after the visit Saturday."
The Dawgs are high on Coatney's list and they could be even higher if they offer.
"I just like Georgia. I am from Georgia, I know a lot about Georgia, I really like their coaches, and Athens is a great place. The campus is very nice, they have great facilities, and I am working hard to get that offer."
The 6-foot-4, 262 pound defensive lineman out of Douglasville (Ga.) Chapel Hill knows if he does his part, then the college coaches will too.
"All of the different schools are telling me the same thing right now. I do not have any offers because the coaches want to see my grades at the end of the school year. I am making a lot of A's and B's right now, so I am doing better. I know I will get it right," he said.
Coatney's next visit will be to Florida State. The Seminoles are showing a lot of interest and he has them in his top three.
"Georgia, FSU, and Clemson are my top schools. I know most about Georgia and I like them a lot, but FSU and Clemson are up there too."
He does not plan to rush into a decision even if the offers start to flow in.
"I want to be patient, take some official visits, and then make my decision late in the recruiting process. I do not plan to commit for a while."
Coatney is the No. 26 defensive end in the country on Scout. He had 54 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 2012.