October 24, 2007

Coates working on grades

Each recruiting year, a percentage of talented high school players must shore up their academic standing at a prep school or junior college before heading on to a four-year university. 6-foot-3, 310-pound Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline offensive lineman Harold Coates wants no part of that scenario.

The next two months will largely determine if Coates will qualify for college next fall. His classroom work, coupled with an upcoming ACT test, will play the biggest roles.

Coates considered ending the recruiting process earlier this fall, but deciding to consider the big picture.

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