Coe Meets UNC's New DL Coach

Nick Coe’s trip to North Carolina on Tuesday wasn’t planned in advance, but that doesn’t mean the experience wasn’t beneficial.

During his stay, Coe, a 6-foot-3, 247-pound defensive lineman from Asheboro (N.C.), was introduced to UNC’s new defensive line coach, Tray Scott.

“It was great,” Coe said. “He talked to me about what to do when I go to other colleges, like what questions to ask. He told me to make sure I get a good education in that school, instead of [focusing on] going to school for playing football and doing sports.”

When Coe attended UNC’s Junior Day in late January, Keith Gilmore was still the Tar Heels’ D-line coach.

Tuesday’s visit, which Coe made with teammate Emmanuel Jones and coach Owen George, coincided with UNC’s spring practice that afternoon. Thus, Coe was able to observe Scott’s on-field coaching style.

“I like the way he coaches,” Coe said. “The way he got his guys more explosive. It’s a great practice – you’ll get better and better each day.”

Following practice, Scott jokingly challenged Coe to an impromptu wrestling match.

Meeting his potential position coach has only improved UNC’s chances with Coe. He includes the Tar Heels among his top three schools, along with Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

“I like the defensive line coaches [at those three schools] and what they would do for me,” Coe said.

Coe doesn’t plan to make a verbal commitment until after his senior football season.

Coe has also made recent visits to Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Additionally, he has traveled to Clemson and Florida State within the past couple of months.

For the time being, Coe is finished with recruiting trips. But he’ll be on the road on Wednesday for a national wrestling tournament in Pennsylvania.

Coe was named a high school All-American in wrestling after placing at a national wrestling meet held in Virginia this past weekend. His trophy case also includes the 2014-15 NCHSAA 3A 285-pound championship. He finished his junior year with a 47-3 record, including an overtime victory over defending state championship Joe Sculthorpe, who owns a 53-2 record and is verbally committed to play football at NC State.

“It’s great,” said Coe, who quickly becomes humble when his accomplishments are brought up.

Coe is unsure exactly when he’ll be back in Chapel Hill. He said he definitely plans to attend Fedora’s Freak Show in June, but hasn’t ruled out a return sometime much sooner.

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