Virginia Tech One Of Three Favorites For DE Nick Coe

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6’6”, 265-pound Nick Coe is one of the most highly coveted defensive line prospects in the East. At this point, though, the Asheboro (N.C.) senior is focused on three: Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

Asheboro head coach Owen George provided the latest on his standout recruit.

“I think [Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech] are his final three,” George said. “I talked to him a little bit about if he had any interest in the in-state schools, and he said no. He mentioned Miami, but I have had no contact with them. I’ve been in contact with [Virginia Tech defensive line coach Charley] Wiles frequently. I’ve been in touch with Auburn and Florida State.”

Each program will be able to make its case when Coe makes visits in the coming months. Florida State has the first crack in terms of official visits as Coe is scheduled to go to Tallahassee Halloween weekend. He plans to take an official to Auburn the final weekend in November, which is when the Tigers host Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The star defensive lineman has also scheduled an official to Virginia Tech the weekend of January 22-24. In addition, Coe plans to take an unofficial visit to Blacksburg in October for a game, though the exact date has not been finalized.

George believes all three schools are about equal right now.

“His first communication from Virginia Tech was with Coach Wiles. Then, Coach Foster came in. Virginia Tech did offer when he went there for a Junior Day (in February of 2015). That was really big for Nick. He is from Virginia,” George said.

“Nick went to Florida State in the spring. They did not offer. They said at the time that they wanted to see him at camp. Things fell through and he didn’t make it to camp, but he told me they sent an official offer on August 1. He liked the campus when he went there. Florida State was definitely in his top three when they offered. I think they may have bumped out North Carolina.

“Also this spring, we went down to an Auburn camp and we took Nick with us. That was big for him. He got to stay overnight and connect with the kids who are already there as well as some commits. He really connected with them. That was important for him. At the time he came