"North Carolina, [NC] State, ECU, Clemson, and Florida have offered," said Coples. "I think I have some more, but my mom would know them. Those are the ones I know of."
One school has already been by to visit Kinston during the Evaluation period.
"State has been by," said Coples. "They didn't talk to me, but they wanted to check up on me and see how I've been doing. They talked with my coaches a lot.
"North Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee and Clemson said they were going to come by in a couple of weeks."
A two-sport star at Kinston, he originally considered playing basketball and football in college, but that now appears unlikely.
"At first I was going to try and play basketball and football," Coples said. "Now I'm just looking at only doing football. That's the plan for me right now."
At 6-foot-6 and 240-pounds, Coples is an intriguing prospect. As a junior, he played strictly defensive end and tallied 65 tackles and five sacks.
On film, he has the look of a defensive tackle, and he has the type of frame that could carry a lot of weight, but Coples believes teams want him to remain at defensive end.
"So far everyone is saying defensive end, but I wouldn't mind playing another position," he said. "I would do it if I had to."
Coples plans on camping at North Carolina, NC State, and Florida this summer, and he confirmed that he will be in Snow Hill for the Shrine Bowl combine on April 28th.
As far as his recruitment, Coples maintains that he is wide open.
"I don't have a leader right now," he said. "I haven't sat down and talked about that yet."
Coples discussed four of the programs he is claiming scholarship offers from with Pack Pride.
North Carolina: "It's a great environment. I've talked to the coaches, and they are very experienced. I really like how they are focused on me."
NC State: "Their program is all about winning. Their student-athlete graduation rates will be really high and that interests me. The coaches are straightforward about everything."
Florida: "I haven't heard from them that much, but as far as I know they are a great program. They get people to the next level, and they are all about winning."
Clemson: "I haven't talked to them much either, but they are very strong. What interests me is their effort."