Coples drafted by N.Y. Jets
By The Viking Press
Former Kinston High School standout Quinton Coples became the first athlete in Lenoir County history to be drafted by an NFL team when the New York Jets drafted him with the 16th pick of the first round on Thursday, April 26.
Coples, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound defensive end from the University of North Carolina, played for the Vikings through his junior year before transferring to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior season.
Coples was a two-sport star for the Vikings, excelling at both basketball and football. As a senior for the Tar Heels, Coples tallied 55 tackles and 7.5 sacks to help Carolina to a 7-6 finish and an appearance in the Independence Bowl.