Meadowbrook (Richmond, VA) star Desmond Coble turned in an outstanding junior season, earning AP Group AAA first-team all-state honors in leading the Monarchs to another playoff appearance. Coble, a 5-11, 180-pound prospect who ran a hand-timed sub-4.5 40 at a Central Virginia combine in December, was an all everything performer on offense, throwing for 1,553 yards and 16 scores and rushing for 1,082 yards with 12 scores.
Coble currently holds one Division 1A offer but many other programs, including Virginia and Virginia Tech, are evaluating the standout rising senior.
“He is getting a lot of interest,” Meadowbrook head coach Bill Bowles said. “He has an offer from Duke. West Virginia is interested and I think he may visit up there in the spring sometime. Virginia and Virginia Tech said they were going to take an early look at him. I’m sure I’ll know more from them in [the Evaluation period]. They haven’t been through yet.”
Coble will be Meadowbrook’s third Division 1A recruit in four years, joining current Virginia Tech defensive tackle John Graves and UVa 2009 offensive tackle signee Morgan Moses. He attended Virginia’s camp last summer, but other than that he has yet to experience many schools. Coach Bowles believes Coble will take his time in the recruiting process and added that there are no favorites.
A prospect with potential on both sides of the ball, Coble is drawing the “athlete” label from college recruiters.
“A lot of schools are just classifying Desmond as an athlete,” Bowles said. “I know West Virginia is looking at him as a slot receiver or in the secondary. Some may give him a look as a quarterback, but the majority like him as an athlete. I think he could play wherever. He has great vision. He sees the lanes so well. He catches the ball well.”
Though he doesn’t play a lot of defense because of his value on offense, Coble has ability as a defensive back. He picked off three passes last season, returning one for a touchdown.
“He has just got great speed and great vision. He can do a lot of things. He makes things happen,” said Bowles.
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