Coples Returns from Chapel Hill

Quinton Coples fully enjoyed his official visit, giving indications throughout the weekend that North Carolina could end up with the four-star prospect – but said he has not yet made a commitment.

"I didn't commit," Coples said. "I had fun on my visit, but I didn't commit. There's a good chance that I might [commit to UNC], but right now I'm just keeping my options open and make sure I make the right choice."

Regardless, the visit put UNC in a very good position for Coples, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end currently at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy.

"They definitely stepped up a little bit – I'll tell you that," Coples said. "I had a good time this weekend. They definitely stepped up."

During his stay, Coples was hosted by a childhood friend – Deunta Williams, a freshman safety.

"Me and Deunta, we've always been cool," Coples said. "We played [basketball] against each other.

"We hung out a little bit. We went to his room a little bit and just chilled out. We went out a little bit too. We had a good time."

Growing up a Tar Heel basketball fan, one of the highlights of Coples' stay was the UNC-Maryland basketball game.

"It was great man – a good experience," Coples said. "I didn't like the outcome, because I felt like UNC won but that's how it is sometimes. It was still a great game. It wasn't a blow out; it was a tight game the whole way."

If he chooses UNC, Coples said he plans to try to walk-on the basketball. However, Coples hasn't talked to the football or basketball coaches about such a move.

A few hours after the game, Coples sat down with John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.

"Coach Blake, he talks about everything and anything," Coples said. "He definitely knows what he's doing. He's a good guy and he'll look out for me if I come there."

After meeting with Blake, Coples met with Butch Davis.

"He's a great guy," Coples said. "He actually sat down and talked about how I'm going to impact the team and my position on the team [He discussed] how I'm going to be taught and how the defense is going to be with me in it."

This coming weekend, Coples will visit Tennessee for his final official visit. He has already taken official trips to Florida State and NC State, in addition to UNC.

Coples is looking to make a pre-Signing Day verbal commitment.

"[After the Tennessee visit], I'm going to just get my thoughts and stuff together," Coples said. "I'm going to sit down and evaluate each school and just see how things turn out."

Before the fall semester, Coples transferred to Hargrave from Kinston (N.C.) to improve his academic situation. He said he recently got his first semester grades and performed very well.

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