Coples Ends Up at Hargrave

CHATHAM, Va. --- Putting an end to the saga of where he'd end, Quinton Coples enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy Monday. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound jumbo athlete will play for the post graduate team this fall.

"Basically, [Hargrave] will get me better prepared – mentally and physically – for college," said Coples. "Also, I can get my academics in line."

Coples, who relocates from Kinston (N.C.), has been the subject of transfer rumors since the spring.

"I've been looking in to [transferring], but I didn't make any decisions," said Coples. "I made the decision about a week ago. It was a spiritual thing that God told me to do. It was based on him."

The military-style atmosphere figures to improve Coples' academic standing, increasing his chances of qualifying for college. His main focus are his math classes.

"The advantages are to mentally prepare, academically, and also to get coached a little harder and a little more college-wise," said Coples.

Coples expects to get his academics in order, graduate from Hargrave in May, and be eligible for the school of his choice.

Although he will academically be a senior, Coples will participate on the post graduate team, which plays competition superior to that of Kinston's. Included on Hargrave's 2007 schedule are the junior varsity teams of Marshall, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

"I feel great [about playing on the post grad team]," said Coples. "I'll get the opportunity to show off my ability on a higher level. It will just help me get mentally better for college. It would get me more prepared than what I would be if I were to stay [at Kinston]."

This summer Kinston built much of its team around Coples, making him the centerpiece of both of the offense and defense at tight end and defensive end, respectfully. At Hargrave, he'll focus on just one position and will be a part of a rotation.

"I'll play defensive end," said Coples. "Coach says everybody will play."

The strong possibility of improved academics matched with the added exposure figures to increase Coples' recruiting stock, which is already very high.

"[The transfer] is going to turn it up a lot," said Coples. "I'll probably get more offers."

Currently, Coples holds 32 scholarship offers.

As has been the case for much of his recruitment, Coples reiterates that he is wide open to every school that has offered or will offer a scholarship.

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