I like working, said the 2011 prospect. I love football, and I like to be a leader. I like to take control and make sure everybody is doing what they're supposed to, make sure I'm doing what I'm supposed to do.
The lineman from Edgewater, Md., has exhibited his hard work and dedication on the field, playing both offensive and defensive line for South River.
I played about 95 percent of the games straight, said Coffin about his junior season. Mostly would just come out on kickoffs and kick returns, because they just needed me and I just want to play.
Though he has yet to receive scholarship offers, several schools including Maryland, Syracuse, Rutgers, Villanova, and Penn State are interested in having Coffin playing for them just on the defensive side of the ball.
Coffin said he has received mail from Maryland and was invited to their junior day in February although it was cancelled due to snow. Coffin also had the opportunity to talk to Defensive Line Coach Dave Sollazzo during a summer camp last year.
My personal line coach is Mitch Suplee. He played for Maryland, and he knows Coach Sollazzo pretty well, said Coffin. And he was just telling him a lot of things about me. And [Coach Sollazzo] came up to me and was talking about how he heard good things about me.
At this time, Coffin has some schools at the top of his list.
Villanova interested me a lot, said Coffin. They're a pretty good program up there, and they have a similar style defense as my team now does. And I like Penn State and Maryland. I like the big schools.
However, Coffin has specific expectations for whichever school he chooses.
Just the quality of the program, he said. Not exactly how many wins they get, but how nice their stuff is, and how much do they really want me. Are they going to let me play? Because I like to play.
When he does play, Coffin believes that his combination of speed and quickness and size and strength give him an advantage over his opponents.
I'm fast, or more quick. And I'm big and strong, said the 6-foot-3-inch, 277-pound defensive tackle. So if there's a fast guy, he's going to have to stop me with quickness, but I'm just going to have to out-power him. If it's a big guy, I'm just going to out-speed him.
Quickness as a defensive lineman is really a big thing when you're big. If you beat the other person right off the snap, they're not going to touch you.