Hargrave Teammates Sign with UNC

CHATHAM, Va. --- Quinton Coples decided to join his Hargrave Military Academy teammate Zach Brown and sign a National Letter-of-Intent with North Carolina. Coples made his intentions known during a National Signing Day Ceremony held at Hargrave Wednesday.

"It's a great feeling to see all the emotions that my mom and my family had," Coples said. "Overall, I enjoyed the process, but like all good things it had an end to it. My end brought me to Carolina."

Coples, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end from Kinston (N.C.), selected the Tar Heels after taking official visits to Florida State, UNC, NC State, and Tennessee.

"It's home, baby," Coples said of UNC. "All the coaches are ready to get these wins coming up and take the program to another level.

"Coach [John] Blake, he's the greatest coach out there. He's the best in the business. You can't get better than that on the D-line."

Coples gave the Tar Heels' coaching staff a slight heads up of his decision during his UNC official visit.

"I gave them a little hint," Coples said. "I just told them I was home. They probably took that as if I was committed, but I just told them I was home."

During the same weekend, Brown was taking his official visit and publicly verbally committed to UNC.

"I feel like I can communicate more there with the coaches and I like the program there," Brown said.

Brown, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Columbia (Md.), originally pledged to Maryland.

"I didn't think that Maryland fit me personally," Brown said. "I had to go where my heart told me to go. My heart told me to go to UNC."

Despite rumors, Brown never wavered from his decision.

"Once I made a commitment to UNC that was it," Brown said. "[Maryland] came down and talked to me. They were talking about how they're looking for a linebacker. I was like ‘You should go for another linebacker, because I'm committed to UNC.'"

With Brown committed, one might assume that he helped push Coples to UNC. However, the situation was actually reversed.

"I knew Coples was going there for awhile," Brown said. "He didn't have much of an affect, but he tried. After I committed, though, we were trying to get [Leon] Mackey to come."

"I told him what it is," Coples said. "I told him it was about making money [in the NFL]. The coaches they've got there [at UNC] are going to make it happen.

"Plus, it's a great place to be – you're always home. You got that good feeling, the people there treat you good, treat you right. That's what [Brown] wants. That's why he's coming there."

Privately, Coples selected UNC a couple of days ago.

"It's always been [UNC], but for sure I knew one or two days ago," Coples said.

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