Signee Update: Quinton Coples

Throughout his recruitment, Quinton Coples had to deal with the pressures of selecting his future college, which the 6-foot-6 defensive end finally did on Signing Day. Now, he's enjoying life without that stress.

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"It's been a stress release for me," Coples said of the months since signing. "Everything is a lot easier for me, because I don't have to worry about recruiting."

To improve his academic situation, Coples transferred last summer to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave from Kinston (N.C.) High School. The move has apparently paid off.

"Everything is looking good [academically]; it's looking like everything is on the right track," Coples said.

Coples, who is finished taking standardized tests, says he has received a qualifying ACT score. He expects his grade point average will match up with the ACT score on the NCAA Clearinghouse sliding scale, but won't know for sure until after the semester.

On May 31, Coples will leave Hargrave. He'll arrive in Chapel Hill on June 16.

Outside of focusing on his academics, Coples has been playing pick-up games of basketball and working out. His workouts are a mixture of the regimen UNC has sent him and his own routine.

"Sometimes I do Carolina's workout, sometimes I do my own workout," Coples said. "Mostly I just do my own workout just to keep my strength up."

Coples is working to get up to 260 pounds – ten more pounds than last season's playing weight. He's currently at 255 pounds.

According to Coples, he stays in regular contact with John Blake, UNC's defensive coach, and Kenny Browning, Coples' primary recruiter.

"They just continue to let me know that they are there for me," Coples said.

The UNC coaching staff fully expects Coples to compete for playing time this fall.

"They said there's a good chance I could if I keep my head on straight and work real hard," Coples said. "But I'm not going to worry about that. It is what it is. I'm just going to go out and work hard."

At Hargrave, Coples played weakside defensive end on the post graduate team. On the season he led the Cadets in sacks and recorded roughly 80 tackles.

Coples says he had hoped to either sport No. 41 or No. 44 on his jersey this fall, but both jersey numbers are taken at UNC by seniors. He wore No. 44 at Hargrave and No. 7 at Kinston.

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