Coples Ready to Go

North Carolina signee Quinton Coples was informed Monday by UNC officials that he is fully qualified. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive end will arrive in Chapel Hill on Thursday.

"It feels good, it feels great," Coples said Monday evening. "I'm ready to get in there and work."

Coples, who signed with UNC last February, had hoped to enroll in the second summer semester with the rest of the incoming freshmen. However, he fell one class short of qualifying.

He returned to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy to take that class, social studies. Upon finishing the class on Saturday, he returned home to Kinston, N.C. where he will stay until he arrives at UNC for Reporting Day on Thursday and the first practice of the preseason the following afternoon.

One of the benefits of enrolling in the second summer semester as opposed to the fall semester is working out under the Tar Heel strength and conditioning staff for two months leading up to preseason practice.

With that said, one might conclude that Coples might be a little behind his peers in preparation for the season. However, both Coples and Robert Prunty, Hargrave Military Academy's head football coach, say that's not the case.

"He's in the best shape of his life, I promise that," Prunty said. "I personally worked him out every day."

Prunty added that he timed Coples in the 40-yard dash last Friday and Coples' best time was 4.5 seconds.

Coples has his sights set on winning the starting weakside defensive end position in camp, which is up for grabs after the graduation of Hilee Taylor.

"I'm trying to get on the field," Coples said. "I'm looking to start or at least see a lot of playing time."

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