Mississippi State looks to improve its' standing with JuCo defensive end Josiah Coatney with an unofficial visit next week.

The need for a relentless pass rush is a global demand when it comes to football programs at all levels. Though national signing day is weeks behind us in the rear view mirror, several college football programs are in the hunt for Holmes Community College defensive lineman Josiah Coatney. With a pair of official visits pending, the Douglasville, Georgia product still has some decisions to make.

"I am going to take an official visit to South Carolina this weekend and then I am going to Ole Miss the last weekend in this month," Josiah Coatney. "Florida has talked with me about taking a visit, but I haven't set that up yet. I am still thinking about all of that."

Mississippi State recently hired Coach Brian Baker as it's new defensive line boss. Baker, a veteran coach with 20 years of NFL experience, is still getting to know his players, but a lack of upperclassmen on the Bulldog two deep along the defensive line makes Coatney a target in demand for Baker and the Bulldogs.

Next week, Coach Dan Mullen and his staff will have the chance to spend some time on campus with Coatney in hopes of coaxing a return trip out of the 6-5 250 pounder before he makes his decision.

"I am going over to see Mississippi State next week," Coatney said. "I am going to watch them practice and hear what the coaches have to say. I have been talking with them some since they offered me, so I want to go see what they have to offer."

Like the Bulldogs, the other schools in the mix for official visits are in their spring practice sessions. Coatney is excited about that development and the timing of his visits.

"I feel like I am getting to visit at the perfect time," Coatney said. "I am going to be able to see everybody practice. I will get to see how the coaches are and see how the players are. I will get the chance to see if I would fit in their system and to see if it's the right place for me. I feel like things worked out just right for me."

So how is a player of Coatney's quality still available six weeks after signing day? It is a unique situation to say the least.

"I was supposed to be getting out in December and then enrolling on the next level in January of next year," Coatney explained. "They figured out that I was going to be able to sign this year and once my coach started putting that out there, things started happening for me. It's been exciting and I been in touch with a lot of schools that really seem like they need me."

On track to graduate in the spring, Coatney does not feel stressed by the abbreviated time frame for his college decision. The versatile pass rusher reports that he is enjoying the process and that his recruitment is on going.

"I am just looking for the place that is the best for me and my future," Coatney said. "The visits are going to be a big part of things. They are going to be huge, but that won't be the only thing. I want to feel like I am going to a school where I have a good relationship with the coaches and I feel like I could fit in with the players that are already there.

"I am planning on making my decision around the last week of April or the first week of May. After I take my visits and see everything, then I feel like I will be able to make my decision."


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