Defensive end Reggie Coates (6-2, 225, 4.6) from Encino (Calif.) Crespi should be one of the most sought after players from the Los Angeles area out of the class of 2011 even though he is currently rehabbing from an injury.
"I hurt myself on the last play of our last game," Coates said. "It was an ACL, but I'll be ready to go in August right when football season starts.
"My rehab is going good," Coates said. "My doctor says I'm doing pretty well and moving along pretty well. I don't want to go too fast."
On the recruiting trail Coates doesn't have an offer yet, but he is getting recruiting looks from UCLA, Nebraska, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Arizona, ASU, LSU, Oregon, Washington, USC and Boise State.
What is Coates looking for in a college?
"First thing I'm looking for is where the location is of the school and a great education," Coates said. "Location is going to play a very big part for me, like the weather and all that.
"After education and location," Coates said. "It's going to be the atmosphere and what kind of people around the program and the coaches. What kind of defense they run and all of that. I'm just really excited about the process."
For his junior season performance, Coates earned first-team all-league after accounting for 50 tackles, 11 sacks, two pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, one fumble caused and one interception.
Coates will benefit by the arrival of John Mack as the head coach of the Crespi football team. Mack is the man who built Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure into one of Southern California's best high school football programs. He is looking forward being coached by Mack.
"Coach Mack is a really great coach, he's really good" Coates said. "He pushes me a lot with my knee and he actually pushes everyone to be better.
In the weight room, Coates is currently benching 315. There are not a lot of lower body numbers because of his knee.
A solid student, Coates carries a 3.2 GPA and will take his SAT in June.