One of the best all around athletes in this years recruiting class is Daniel Coats from Northridge High School in Utah. From his receiver spot, Coats had 44 catches for 1078 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Standing 6'3 and weighing 212 pounds, he uses his size, speed, and jumping ability to grab passes that most high school receivers can only dream of catching. Coats is also a star at his free safety position where he posted 144 tackles and 7 interceptions last year. I had a chance to speak with this versatile athlete tonight.
Right now, Coats says he has no leader among his top 5 of "Michigan, USC, Washington, NC State, and BYU." On the topic of what he's looking for in the school he chooses, Coats stated that his ideal school would "have an already set program, they're not rebuilding, and they pass." Because he's such a versatile player, some might be wondering what position Coats will be playing at the next level. He has such great size and athletic ability that he could play almost anywhere but he did state, "I'm mainly recruited as a receiver." This is also the position USC is recruiting him at so it should be no surprise that the Trojan coach he hears from most is Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow. How did Coats gain interest in USC? "I like coach Chow and Coach Carroll. I talked to them and they were really nice." He also explained that he has not scheduled any official visits yet and is in no hurry to commit anywhere, "I'm going to wait until the end."
Coats spent much of the summer trying to improve his game, "I'm doing a lot of lifting, trying to get a little bigger. Working on my speed, doing calesthenics." He also recently maxed 260 on bench, squated 475 pounds, and has run a 4.5 40 yard dash.