Coples Shifts Focus to Recruiting

With his senior season complete, Quinton Coples will be focusing "a lot more" on his recruitment. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end has already scheduled his first official visit.

"I'm supposed to be going to Florida State in December," Coples said. "I don't know the exact date, but I'm supposed to be going there in December."

Coples, who says a lot of schools are pressing for an official visit, hasn't scheduled any other trips. However, two schools have moved themselves above the pack for the four remaining open slots.

"It kind of varies every day, but I guess I would say UNC and LSU as of right now [will get official visits]," Coples said.

While Coples doesn't have a leader, he says that he is favoring the three aforementioned schools.

"With Florida State and North Carolina, there's been a lot of contact with the coaches and I just get a great feeling with them," Coples said. "And LSU I just like how their building [a program] and things of that nature."

Coples corresponds weekly with UNC assistant coaches John Blake and Charlie Williams.

"It's probably a tie on who calls me the most [between Blake and Williams]," Coples said.

"Coach Blake is a straight forward guy. He's really interested in me and he talks about getting to the [National Football] League.

"Coach Williams just tries to make sure I stay on top of my grades and stuff. He says they're very interested in me and are trying to get me in there."

Days before the 2007 season kicked off, Coples transferred from Kinston (N.C.) to Chatham (N.C.) Hargrave Military Academy with intentions of improving his academic situation. The decision has worked out thus far.

"It's been a big improvement," Coples said. "I'm an A-B student now… I've received a lot more structure. I'm getting a better education."

Coples says he's on track to fully qualify for college when he graduates from Hargrave in May.

Despite his senior status, Coples played for Hargrave's post graduate team this past fall. The Cadets posted a mediocre 5-4-1 record with a schedule that included junior varsity teams from Marshall, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

"I worked real hard and gave it all I can give," Coples said. "I think I came out pretty good."

Playing against talent superior than that of Kinston's opponents, Coples has seen an improvement in his game.

"I think I've become a more explosive pass rusher," Coples said. "… I feel like my pass rushing skills have gotten better and I've become a lot faster and more physical."

Coples ended the season with eight sacks and roughly 80 tackles.

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