"College coaches can't start talking to us until after a year we have been in school," Coatney said about waiting to ink until after signing day. "I couldn't build a good enough relationship in that short of a time so I decided to wait."
The 6-foot-5, 285 pound freshman defensive tackle was named 1st Team All-State in the state of Mississippi after collecting 46 tackles, 8 for a loss and 3 sacks at Holmes CC this season. Colleges are now lining up for his services.
"A lot of schools were waiting on my transcript before they offered me. They didn't know if I was getting out this year or not. Once they found out I was graduating in May I started getting offers from all over the place. Cincinnati was the first school to offer me. Alabama, South Carolina and Ole Miss offered me a couple days after that. Florida offered me like last Thursday and then LSU and MSU offered me Sunday. Houston and UCF offered me in the middle of the other schools. There's a lot of schools who are trying to get in the picture."
Josiah has yet to take one of his five allowed official visits. That process will begin this month.
"I'm going to South Carolina March 19th and Ole Miss March 31st. I'm trying to get one set up with Florida right now. I told them to give me a good date in April. It will probably be the week after I get back from Ole Miss."
Josiah Coatney was a heavily recruited player coming out of Douglasville (GA) but had to get his grades in order like most junior college players.
"Most of the SEC and ACC schools offered me when I was in high school, but I didn't have my grades in order. I tore my labrum in 2013 too. I had to pay the price. I feel like it's benefited me to go this route. I've matured in so many ways since I got here at Holmes CC last January. I've gotten a lot more mobile. I have gotten a lot stronger and lost some weight. My conditioning is so much better now. It's been a great learning experience for me."
The All-Region (7) selection was already familiar with Ole Miss' program coming out of high school.
"I went to their Elite camp the summer before my senior season. They have great facilities and a great coaching staff. They call me once a week, and I call them often. I just spoke to them today as a matter of fact. They were just telling me they can't wait to develop me into a NFL player. They want to use me inside (DT) and outside (DE). I've watched how they have used Robert Nkemdiche and Fadol Brown. I'll be in a real similar role. I just can't wait to get up there for me visit later this month."
The Rebels fell short of their defensive line goals in the 2016 class and hope Josiah makes sure they reach them.
"Well, first of all they lost three of their rotation guys last season. They got Benito Jones and he's a great player. I've watched some film on him, but they need another big guy who can play inside/out for them. They need some more depth. They want me to come in there and make an immediate impact for their defense. It's a great feeling knowing I could be that guy. I have watched them play a lot the last few years. The first thing that jumps out at you is how good they are on defense. They fly around and attack the ball and put fear in their opponents. They have a great defensive coordinator and a great defensive staff as a whole. It would be a great opportunity for me. I'm giving it a lot of thought."
Coatney has a few family members that live in the state of South Carolina.
"South Carolina is probably in a rebuilding phase but it's still a great school. Coach Will Muschamp is a very good at developing players. He's a great coach, an underrated coach. They want me to play off the jump. All of these schools want me to come in and play right away. I have never been on their campus. I'm very excited about my trip."
The Gators have jumped in the game as well.
"They are on spring break right now so we are still in the middle of setting everything up. I'll be going there in early April before I sign though. They also want me to play inside/out. They love how mobile I am for a big guy. They didn't sign a defensive lineman in this class. They want me to come in and be that big impact player for them."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org