Solid Combine for Coples

Kinston (NC) defensive end Quinton Coples entered the spring as one of the state's elite football prospects, and this past weekend he was in Snow Hill for his first combine experience.

Kinston (NC) defensive end Quinton Coples entered the spring as one of the state's elite football prospects, and this past weekend he was in Snow Hill for his first combine experience.

Attending the final Shrine Bowl combine, Coples measured in at 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 and 4.84 seconds and posted a 4.52-second 20-yard shuttle. Coples also benched 185 pounds 13 times and had a vertical jump of 29.1 inches.

"I thought I did good," said Coples. "There were some events that I could have done better in. I think I could have done better in the bench, but I think I did good overall."

Known locally for his exploits on the hardwood, Coples admitted he's now an inch taller than he was previously. Some schools are tracking his progress in basketball. Is there a chance he might just play hoops on the next level?

"I don't know," he said. "It is a situation that I will watch. I think college is basically going to determine which sport I will end up playing. Right now it's football and my first year I'm going to walk-on and play basketball. I will just go with it from there."

With a host of scholarship offers, several programs have already caught the attention of Coples.

"Right now the schools really catching my eye are Florida, [North] Carolina, [NC] State, Michigan, and Clemson," he said. "All of them except Michigan have offered me. Florida, State, Clemson, and Carolina have already visited me at school."

Florida appears to have really turned up the heat on the four-star standout.

"Coach Holiday is my recruiter for Florida," said Coples. "He is a great guy. I haven't been able to say much to him because I couldn't talk to him when he was at my school. I could see myself going there. It is a great school, and I can tell how they strive to be the best."

Coples is also very interested in in-state programs North Carolina and NC State.

"I like how they stress academics at State," said Coples. "That is important to me. They want you to graduate and the coaches talk about how you're going to have a job when you finish school there. I like the coaches too.

"Carolina is a great school. They have a good program over there. They are all about winning and taking it to the next level. They have some weaknesses, but I think they are trying to turn it around and get back on the map."

Coples hopes to attend camps at Florida, NC State, and North Carolina, and he didn't rule out a relatively early decision.

"I haven't made up my mind on when I will choose," he said. "I feel it will be after this summer because I want to take my visits. Then I'm hoping I will have my mind made up about which school I want to go to."


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