The 6-foot-5, 285-pound freshman junior college defensive lineman is ahead of schedule and will graduate in May. Colleges across the country learned of the news shortly after signing day. Offers came pouring in from the SEC from the likes South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M and LSU.
Josiah Coatney visited the Gamecocks unofficially in early March and returned a couple weeks back for his official visit.
"I had never been to their campus before," Coatney said about the South Carolina trips. "The trips were good. I took an unofficial visit there and came back on an official visit with my mother and aunt. The first trip we just toured their campus and talked about what they need. The second trip I got a better look at their campus and had a really good time."
What stood out about South Carolina on the trips?
"Really their campus. I didn't see all of it on my unofficial visit but I did on my official visit. They have a lot of new buildings now. Their coaches are trying to build their team from ground up. It was a really good visit."
The rebuilding process doesn't play a part of his decision.
"I'm not worried about that. I'm looking to go somewhere that can develop my game for the league. I want to go to a place where it's like a big family."
Josiah has family from his mother's side that lives in Charleston and around Columbia, S.C.
"My mom and aunt tell me that they want me to be close enough where they can come see me play, but they want me to be comfortable wherever I go."
Next up for Coatney is Ole Miss.
"I'm getting over there Friday with my family. I haven't been over there since last summer when I camped over there. I want to see how they practice and how the coaches react to their players at practice. I also want to see all of their campus this time. I didn't get to see all of it at their camp."
The Rebels have been on Josiah since high school.
"I have a great relationship with their coaches. Coaches (Barney) Farrar, (Chris) Kiffin and (Hugh) Freeze stay in constant contact with me."
Two of his next three official visits have already been set.
"I'm going to Florida next weekend (April 8th) and Alabama right after that. That's going to be a big trip. After that I have one more trip I can take. It will be to Texas A&M or MSU. A&M offered me Sunday night. Coach (David) Turner recruited me when he was at MSU. He's at A&M now. He told me that they only have five scholarship defensive linemen for spring practice. That's not a lot. They need me to come right in and jump into the rotation, if not be a starter. I'm looking to go somewhere I can play right away."
Which schools needs Josiah the most?
"Everybody wants me the same. They all need to add another defensive lineman. I'm keeping an open mind until I take all of my visits. My decision will come in the first week of May. That way it will give me a couple of weeks to think about things when I am done with my trips."
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.
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at email@example.com