"I want to play for a good program overall and where I feel like they'll take care of me on and off the field," Coples said. "I'm not going to really have my top five until after my season is over."
Coples hasn't scheduled any official visits yet and is still primarily considering North Carolina State, Tennessee, Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. "These are the five schools that are recruiting me the hardest," said Scout.com's No. 20 defensive end.
"I like the coaches at North Carolina State a lot," he said. "They are down-to-earth people and I feel I understand where they are coming from. I like how hard the team plays and that they never seem to quit."
Coples has already been to North Carolina State and Tennessee. "The atmosphere at Tennessee is really exciting and the stadium is huge and really beautiful. It's a great environment for football. I also really like their tradition. They've been winning and I like how hard the program is working and trying really hard to keep getting better.
"North Carolina is another team that is rebuilding and working hard to get better," he said. "They started like 15 freshman this year and I think they'll be really good in the future.
"Virginia Tech has a great defense and I think I'd be able to fit in there well," he said. "They said that I'd be able to play right away."
Another school where Coples says he may be able to see early playing time is Florida State. "I haven't really seen them play this season, but I know they've been struggling," he said. "I talk with the coaches and they are pretty optimistic and say that they are almost there."
Hargrave is currently 5-2-1 and Coples has eight sacks.
He reports a 2.3 core GPA and an 1130 SAT (three-parts). He retook the SAT on Oct. 6 and is awaiting the results.