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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Coley ready for the stretch run

By Corey Dowlar

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When the scoreboard finally showed triple zeros inside Tropicana Field at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday, Stacy Coley's (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast) high school career had drawn to a close.

Even though Coley's team ended up on the losing end, it wasn't about points. Coley had made it. He was an all-star, a truly elite player.

And now with just a few weeks standing between him and national signing day, it's time to say goodbye to prep football and hello to the next level.

"It was a different environment and different talent out here," Coley said. "It is just a good experience overall. I feel like it was good to see different guys and different talent with techniques and seeing new people.

"Now I am just focusing on college and making the right choice for a school."

Coley, who has offers from schools such as Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami (Fla), North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon, USF, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC, says there is a level playing field.

"I don't have a top list or anything," he said. "Whatever schools come through Northeast, I am going to make my decision like that."

With an official visit planned for Florida State this weekend, and one already taken to Miami back in December, Coley's schedule is relatively open at this point. But don't expect it to stay that way.

"I have four more officials, so I am going to take them all," he said. "I don't know where I am going yet. Some of the in-state schools, definitely."

Coley values relationships when it comes to decision making time. The school with the closest bond stands to get the signature.

"I want to get a vibe from the assistant coaches that I am going to be with for three to four years," he said.

ESPN ranks Coley as the No. 3 wide receiver in the country and a four-star prospect.