"My knee is wonderful," said Coates. "My coach is holding me back a little so I don't do too much, but it feels great."
Coates camped at UCLA last weekend and was pleased with how he did, and plans to return later this month for their other 1-Day Camp and then USC's Rising Stars Camp.
"I'm just trying to show how I'm moving and all those little things that show my knee is good," said Coates.
Coates said schools are talking to him as a linebacker, which is where he's working more this spring at camps, even with plans to stay at end this fall.
"Schools like me as an outside linebacker, so I'm working out there to show I can play there," said Coates.
"I don't really have a top five right now, I'm just trying to focus on the season and getting all the way back," said Coates.
Coates said he's carrying a 3.2 GPA and took the SAT last weekend.
Last fall, Coates had 39 tackles and eight sacks and added two fumble recoveries, a pass deflection and an interception before being sidelined.