About a week ago, Koenning and Kapilovic began recruiting Staples, a product of Valley (Ala.), for their new school – UNC.
"Coach Koenning, he actually came by my house on Monday and he talked with me and my mom," Staples said. "He talked about what kind of school [UNC] is, how they would be using me, and just the stuff that goes on up at North Carolina. He told me they use three safeties a lot. He asked me how I would like to be used, and I said in the box. He said he wants to put some weight on me and have me play free safety for them."
In spite of the interest, UNC has yet to offer Staples.
"They haven't officially offered me yet, because [Koenning] said that since it's a new staff, he had to talk to the head coach [before offering]," Staples said.
Staples has collected scholarship offers from Alabama State, UAB, Kentucky, Illinois, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, and South Alabama.
Last weekend, Staples visited Alabama State for his first official visit. Although he's received several invites, the next couple of weekend's official visit destinations are up in the air.
"This weekend, I'm going to have to choose between Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, or North Carolina," Staples said. "But I talked to Coach Koenning [on Wednesday] and he said if I did come on an official, he wanted me to come down next weekend. Next weekend, I'll have to choose between South Alabama and North Carolina. I really don't know yet, because [the interest] really came at one time."
Although he hasn't committed to officially visiting, Staples says his interest in UNC is high.
"Everybody that I've talked to said that it's a great school to go to," Staples said.
While he didn't become a starter until his junior season, Staples has been a significant contributor to Valley's defense since his freshman year. He ended his senior season as a first-team 5A All-State selection.