Asheboro (N.C.) defensive lineman Nick Coe cemented his status as a top prospect with an impressive showing at The Opening in Charlotte this spring. At the event, the standout rising senior measured in at 6’5.5”, 269 pounds, and ran the 40 in 4.76 seconds (electronically timed).
“He carries his weight really well and he’s as strong as a bear,” Asheboro head coach Owen George said of Coe, who is also an accomplished wrestler. Coe made it to the finals in the heavyweight division last week at the AAU Scholastic Duals at Walt Disney World.
Coe plans to attend a wrestling camp this month. Otherwise, the focus will be football. He will travel with his coaches down to Auburn for a camp/visit. Plans to travel to Florida State (for camp) and Virginia Tech (visit) this month are also in the works, with a trip to Miami a possibility as well.
Coach George provided his take on which schools may be the top contenders at this point.
“I think he is very interested in Virginia Tech, (North) Carolina, and Auburn. ECU, West Virginia, Miami and some others are in the mix as well, but maybe they are a step down,” George said. “I think there is one school that could get thrown into the top tier if they offered, and that would be Florida State. He has been down there once. He’s very high on them. Coach Long and Coach Graham told me that if Nick makes it to camp and does what they think he can do, he will get an offer. I feel he is definitely interested in Virginia Tech, Carolina and Auburn, with the possibility Florida State will be thrown into the mix.”
Coach George added that Coe has “made it seem” like he may need to make official visits before he is ready to commit. We’ll see what happens after this month. If Coe makes all the visits he is considering making, he could have the information he needs to make his college choice. Otherwise, a fall decision is probable.
All schools are recruiting Coe to play on the defensive side of the ball. The exact position depends on the defense.
“A lot of the schools that run a 3-4 want him as a primary end,” George said. “If it’s a 4-3, they want him as a strong-side end, but in passing situations they could slide him inside to the 3-technique. Schools see him as a 3-down lineman able to play on first, second, and third down. His agility lets him move around positions.”
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