May 2, 2007

Rumph visits big-time N. Carolina DE

Possibly the most enticing prospect in the state of North Carolina appears to be towering defensive end Quinton Coples. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound edge rusher out of Kingston now has 32 offers. Which schools does the standout currently favor? Where does Clemson stand for him and what's the Rivals250 member's take on the Tigers and his other contenders?

Possibly the most enticing prospect in the state of North Carolina appears to be towering defensive end Quinton Coples. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound edge rusher out of Kingston now has 32 offers.

Which schools does the standout currently favor?

"Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Michigan," Coples told Tigerillustrated.com Monday evening. "All but Michigan have offered."

W hat's his take on the Tigers and some of the other contenders?

Clemson - "(Defensive line) coach (Chris) Rumph is very interesting. He's a funny guy and a people person. He really connects with his players. They just sent their top defensive end, Gaines Adams, to the pros as a high draft pick. Clemson is young and they keep working hard."

North Carolina - "They are really making it seem that I'm a priority for them. They don't have anybody really at my position so that won't hold me back from playing early."

Florida - "They never comfortable. They always keep going and adding more great players."

North Carolina State - "I don't have a favorite overall or a favorite instate. I like how emphasized getting your diploma and then getting you to the next level. Getting your degree is first there."

Virginia Tech - "They play with a lot of heart and fight every day."

Tennessee - "They just have a good all-around game."

Coples listed Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina State as the schools he's planning to visit this summer.

"I'm going to take some official visits, probably after those visits, and make my decision after that," he noted.

The Rivals250 member indicated four things he'll base his eventual college choice on.

"They have to have good athletes there," the Tar Heel State product entailed. "I want to play early. I want to feel like I'm at home and they have to have a good record of getting players to the next level along with a good graduation rate."

Rumph along with coaches from FSU and North Carolina visited Kingston last week. Tennessee stopped by on Monday and Alabama made the trek on Tuesday.

Coples, who helped lead his team to the state championship game in basketball, claims 13 offers for that sport, too. Virginia highlight his list and includes interest from Clemson.

"I'm hoping to play both my freshman year and then made a decision to which one I'll play full-time after that," detailed the blue-chipper, who indicated that he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior.

Last Saturday at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas combine held at Snow Hill (NC) Greene Central, Coples ran 40-yard dashes of 4.82 and 4.84 seconds. He recorded a pro shuttle time of 4.52 seconds and added a 29.4-inch vertical leap.

The athlete also did 13 bench press reps of 185 pounds.

As a junior, the defensive lineman had 63 tackles and seven sacks. He was named a Junior All-American by Rivals.com for his effort.


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