UNC Among Coples' Favorites After Visit

After dropping by N.C. State for a couple of hours, Quinton Coples – like many other of the top in-state recruits – attended North Carolina's Junior Day Sunday afternoon.

"It went great," said Coples.

During his stay, Coples, a 6-foot-6 230-pound defensive end from Kinston (N.C.), toured the facilities including the weight room, received a sneak peak at UNC's new uniforms, and saw former Tar Heels currently in the NFL such as Dre Bly.

The majority of Coples' time was spent speaking equally to each member of the Tar Heels' coaching staff.

"They were just telling me that the goal is for their players to get an education first," said Coples. "Education is the whole focus."

During his conversations, Coples said he couldn't help but notice the jewelry the staff members exhibited, which displayed their success on the collegiate and pro levels.

"I saw a lot of rings," said Coples. "As far as Super Bowl rings and college rings. It seemed like everybody had a ring on."

Coples' stay concluded by witnessing the latest chapter in the UNC-Duke rivalry.

"The basketball game had great hype," said Coples. "Once we got down there, you can't beat it."

On the heels of the visit, Coples' admitted his positive feelings for UNC have increased.

"I have very good feelings [towards UNC] – very good feelings," said Coples.

Furthermore, Coples, who holds scholarship offers from Alabama, East Carolina, Florida, UNC, and N.C. State, includes the Tar Heels on his early list of favorites.

"Florida, Carolina, State – those are really the ones that I have the most interest," said Coples. "[I like their] winning mentality and graduating their athletes."

While Coples is still mapping out his spring schedule, he said he hopes to check out practices and/or games at Florida, North Carolina, and N.C. State.

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