2012 Intro: Tracey Coppedge

BAILEY, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Tracey Coppedge, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound running back from Southern Nash High School.

Scouting Report

"He gets in and out of his cuts, has that burst that a lot of kids don't have, [and] great hands – which he doesn't get to show a lot in our offense, although he did catch a touchdown pass last year and we did throw more [this past] year," Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster said. "He's just real versatile [and] a great return guy. He's undersized, but he started 26-27 games and has never missed a game."

Prep Career

Coppedge has been a major part of Southern Nash's double wing offense the past two seasons.

"With what we do, he takes a beating on offense," Foster said. "When he's not running, he has to block. He's not a decoy a whole lot – he's either blocking or getting the ball."

Coppedge is a two-time all-area and all-conference selection. He rushed for 1,465 yards and 25 touchdowns on 162 carries as a junior and 1,806 yards and 19 touchdowns on 241 carries as a sophomore.


NC State is showing Coppedge the most attention, but he's also receiving interest from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"A lot of schools like him, but they're worried about that size right now," Foster said. "He had a real good camp at [NC] State this past summer – I think he ran a 3.95 shuttle, which is the fastest time they had. I think it's going to be who's willing to take that chance with his size."

According to Foster, in addition to running back, Coppedge is getting looks at slot receiver and as a return man.

"I'm going to try to make it to any camp I can make it to [this summer]," Coppedge said. "I want to get my name out there as much as possible."

The only school Coppedge has visited thus far is NC State and the Wolfpack are his early favorite.

"They're showing me a lot of interest," Coppedge said. "It's a great community [and] good people."

Extra Notes

Coppedge is a major part of Southern Nash's track and field team participating in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 relays, and long jump. His best time in the 200 is 28 seconds and his personal best in the long jump is 19-foot-7… He is also a reserve on the basketball team… Coppedge grew up an Oregon fan. "I just liked them because they were good and they have cool colors," Coppedge said.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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