D-End Bounces Back From Injury

Reggie Coates is a 6-2, 230-pound defensive end from Encino (Calif.) Crespi who suffered an injury at the end of his junior season, but he had done enough up until that point to already garner an offer from a Pac-10 program...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive end Reggie Coates suffered a knee injury at the end of his junior year, but his play in 2009 caught notice and several schools have been checking him out.

Coates already has one offer in, that one coming on Thursday from a Pac-10 program.

"I received an offer from the University of Washington," said Coates.

The Huskies got a jump on things, but Coates is hopeful more schools jump into the fray.

"I honestly don't know who could be next but for some reason I think it might be someone from the Pac-10," said Coates.

The Huskies had been showing interest in Coates for a while and pulled the trigger with the offer this week.

"It was Coach (Nick) Holt and Coach (Steve) Sarkisian who offered. They offered as an outside linebacker dropping back and then rushing a lot," said Coates. "I am very excited and blessed to have received my first offer."

Coates has a host of other schools he's interested in.

"I also like Oregon, Iowa State, Nebraska, LSU, UCLA, Notre Dame and Arizona," said Coates.

Coates is relatively new to the game, playing basketball primarily, so he didn't have a childhood favorite.

"I didn't really have a dream school for football because I just started playing my freshman year," said Coates.

Coates said he didn't anticipate making an early decision.

"I'm going to take all of my visits most likely," said Coates.

Last fall, Coates had 39 tackles and eight sacks and added two fumble recoveries, a pass deflection and an interception.


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