According to teammate and close friend Leon Mackey, Coples and Mackey will officially visit UNC together during the weekend of January 18th. They'll also officially visit Florida State together this coming weekend and NC State on January 11th.
"Right now, it's looking like I'm only going to be taking three [official visits]," Coples said.
While he doesn't claim a leader, Coples revealed that home state school UNC has an unmatched edge.
"Oh yeah, [UNC] has an advantage because that's home," Coples said. "I grew up as a fan of [UNC] – but I'm not going to commit just off that. But I was a fan – at least basketball-wise. I've been getting into football."
To improve his academic situation, Coples transferred over the summer to Hargrave from Kinston (N.C.) High School.
"Everything's good here," Coples said. "I've got my grades up. Everything is real good. [I'm] working out, getting better, stronger -- mentally and physically."
Coples says he's now on track to fully qualify.
Coples, a senior playing on the post graduate team, has also benefited from playing with and against superior talent.
"I've definitely improved on my pass rush," Coples said. "I've gotten faster off the ball and improved my moves."
This past fall, Coples led Hargrave in sacks and totaled roughly 80 tackles.