Ever since a 248-yard, 2-touchdown performance his freshman season against a good Louisa squad, Goochland (VA) running back D.J. Coles felt he “had something special.” This past season as a junior, the standout prospect used his talents to help Goochland capture its first ever Division 2 Single A state championship in football.
Having played football since he was in the seventh grade, Coles has had success on every level. When he tried out for the varsity football squad his freshman year, he not only made the team but would become the starting running back. Although his first carry was a forgettable one – he fumbled – Coles would run for over 900 yards his freshman year.
In leading the Bulldogs to the state championship this past season he averaged 12.3 yards-per-carry in totaling 1,403 yards and 22 touchdowns, earning first-team all-metro and VHSCA first-team all-state honors for his performance.
At 6-3, 198 pounds, Coles certainly has great size. The Single A 100 meters state champ last season with a time of 10.7 seconds, he also has the speed. Coles has something else he feels separates him from the competition.
“I just have the passion to win. I give everything I can to win,” Coles said.
Coles will continue to play running back next season, but his position may switch once he reaches the next level.
“It’s mainly just running the ball right now, but I want to transfer to receiver when I get to the next level,” Coles said. “I want to play receiver. My idol is Randy Moss – a lot of people say I shouldn’t have him as my idol (laughs), but I like his talent and not his attitude on the field.”
One of the top talents in the state of Virginia in the 2008 class, Coles currently holds four scholarship offers – Clemson, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech – with more likely on the way soon.
“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Coles said of the recruiting process. “I heard more offers will be coming, so I’m just waiting.”
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