It didn’t take Virginia and Virginia Tech long to extend written scholarship offers to Goochland (VA) junior talent D.J. Coles . Both programs offered the 6-3, 198-pound running back on September 1st, the first day 1A coaches could offer juniors. Both programs sent multiple coaches to Goochland High this fall.
“D.J. has written offers from Virginia Tech, UVa and Maryland,” Goochland Head Coach Joe Fowler said. “But he has a lot of schools showing interest right now. I have letters for him from Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State, Kansas State, Clemson and Alabama. We had one other 1A prospect before and it wasn’t like this. This fall was like a revolving door of college coaches.”
The accolades have been piling up for Coles, who finished his junior season with 1,403 yards rushing (a 12.3 yards-per-carry average) and 22 rushing touchdowns. He earned Group A, Region Player of the Year honors. He was named first-team all-region at running back. Today, it was released that he made first-team all-metro honors at running back by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Coles helped Goochland to a 14-0 season and a Division II state championship crown.
“He’s a very smart football player,” Fowler said. “He understands the nuances of the game. His speed and strength are his strong points. He doesn’t go up against many kids who are his physical equal.”
According to Fowler, Coles, a star in track, has been electronically timed at 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters. He estimates Coles’ 40 time to be a “legit 4.4.”
Coles does a lot of things for Goochland, so projecting where he may end up on the next level could be difficult.
“I think most people are looking at him realistically as a receiver,” Fowler said. “I think he could carry 230 pounds comfortably, so that could translate more to defense and linebacker. I believe deep down that he wants to give offense a shot on the next level, but I think he also just wants to play.”
Fowler is not sure if his star has any favorites at this point in the recruiting process.
“I really don’t know,” Fowler said. “I know he went to a game at Virginia Tech this fall. Maryland and UVa tried to get him up, but he works almost every weekend so it was tough. It’s hard for him to get...
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