Coats Wins Another Ring

It may be hard to win a state championship, but to do it two years in a row is doubly impressive. <b>Daniel Coats</b> and his teammates from Northridge High School in Layton, Utah know the feeling of being two-time title-holders, beating the same team twice to grab the gold.

"We beat Skyline again, this time 37-26," the 6-4, 215-pound Coats told "It was a little harder this year, but maybe a little easier too in some ways. The competition was certainly better, but we had been there before."

Daniel also accomplished his main individual goal, catching at least 100 yards in passes for each game this season. At his size and 4.5 40 speed, Coats is coveted by colleges on both sides of the ball. He hopes it's mostly as a receiver. "I think it's my speed and the way I run routes," he said when asked about what makes him a special player out on the field. As a punishing safety, he led his team in unassisted tackles.

Coats currently has offers from BYU, North Carolina State, Colorado and USC, but only the Wolfpack are in Dan's top-3. "My top-3 are North Carolina State, Michigan and Washington," he said. Here are his general thoughts on his leaders.

North Carolina State - "They run almost the same offense that we do. Our head coach and their offensive coordinator went to college together."

Michigan - "They are a passing team."

Washington - "I've been watching them play a lot and I really like their offense."

His only trip right now is to Raleigh, North Carolina on January 18th, but plans on setting up trips to Michigan and Washington soon. Chuck Heater is the coach recruiting Dan for the Dawgs. "I haven't talked to him in a while, but I'm going to wait to see if they offer me a trip," he said.

Dan isn't in any panic to rush to a decision. In fact, he's going to use up all the time he has to make an informed decision. "I'm going to decide in February," he said. "I'm going to take all of my trips." BYU and Colorado are the best bets to fill out Coats' remaining official visits. Top Stories