Coples Gets More Comfortable with UNC

Quinton Coples made a return trip to North Carolina Saturday afternoon for the Tar Heels' second Junior Day.

"I was just looking forward to seeing them practice," said Coples. "Other than that it was just to get more familiar with the coaches and see how they approach the game and recruiting."

Like anyone who has witnessed North Carolina's spring practice sessions under Butch Davis, Coples was amazed by the tempo.

"There was a lot of action, it got me hyped and wanting to get out there," said Coples. "It was really exciting. I knew a couple of players that play up there, so that made me feel good.

"Everything they did, they did on a timeframe. It was very well organized. I was very impressed at how they did everything."

Following the practice, Coples, a 6-foot-6 230-pound defensive end from Kinston (N.C.), sat down with UNC's defensive line coach, John Blake for approximately 30 minutes.

"[We talked about] my future and what it could be, how my potential is very great, and what he would have prepared for me if I were to come [to UNC]," said Coples.

In addition to accomplishing what he set out to do, Coples exited Chapel Hill with a comfort level that has yet to be matched during any other campus visit.

"[I felt] comfortable, very comfortable," said Coples. "They didn't hesitate about anything. They basically made me feel at home. … They played the part."

While Coples admits a strong liking to North Carolina, he maintains that he's completely open at this point.

"They're all the same right now," said Coples.

Although Coples hasn't made any additions to his scholarship offers pile recently, three schools have begun to recruit him as a duo-sport prospect. "Clemson, they said I was offered for both [football and basketball]," said Coples. "N.C. State, they said they were interested in me playing basketball, too. And Virginia Tech, they didn't really say too much, they just said that they are interested [in me for basketball, too]."

While basketball might be his first love, Coples says schools interested in him for both sports aren't at an advantage.

"I'm not seeing [basketball] as being my sport," said Coples. "Football is my future."

Coples will continue to make unofficial visits for the remainder of the spring. Florida is the only destination he has scheduled at this moment.

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