QB Kanler Coker commits to East Carolina

East Carolina-bound QB Kanler Coker (AJC)

East Carolina-bound QB Kanler Coker (AJC)

Flowery Branch QB Kanler Coker committed to East Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 217-pounder transferred from North Hall to Flowery Branch before his senior season and flourished in the spread offense, throwing for 2,809 yards and 31 touchdowns, including a 36-yard Hail Mary TD pass on the final play of regulation to beat Johns Creek in the first round of the state playoffs. Coker also ran for 833 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Coker is also the fourth D1 QB in a row out of Flowery Branch to sign a D1 scholarship, led by current South Carolina QB Connor Shaw. Coker also had serious interest from Ole Miss, UCLA, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt.

Coker on picking East Carolina: “I chose ECU because I really love what they do on offense and they have a great coaching staff.”

How many Georgia high school senior QBs are committed to D1 schools? It’s a short list that includes Wayne County’s Greyson Lambert (Virginia), Mt. Pisgah Christian’s Kyle Sloter (Tulane), Henry County’s Chris Moody (undecided), Cairo’s Steven Bench (undecided) and Coffee County’s Will Gardner (Louisville). McEachern’s Trent Thompson is pledged to Georgia State.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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December 8th, 2011
6:35 am

Flowery Branch sounds like a great place to send your son to play HS football.


December 8th, 2011
6:43 am

One of the lowest years for QB’s in the state that I have seen in a long time. Above mentioned QB’s where only average at best. I have seen three of the 4 play at least once this year and none where that impressive as a high school QB. The Lambert kid is way to slow to play D1, Gardner did not see due to him being hurt all year, Coker seems to have the most potential.


December 8th, 2011
6:53 am


Did you watch Coker’s video? Dude can make all of the throws needed to run any type of offense. And he can make them on the run. ECU runs your typical pass heavy spread run by Lincoln Riley – a protege of Mike Leach of Texas Tech, plus their QB Dominque Davis is a senior and graduating this year (I think).


December 8th, 2011
7:13 am

I didn’t know about the Coler kid until this video. But since I have now. I’ve got two questions. Yes it seems he can make all the throws, but I cannot tell his arm strength, meaning “velocity on the ball”. It seems we may already have that arm at UGA. But i do believe he is more polished than Bouta in the throwing game. So why, since we did offer a QB this year (surprise) shouldn’t it have been this kid?

bitter hershal

December 8th, 2011
7:34 am

CRAVELL———–JUST FIND us a —-HONEY BAGGER—————-thanks


December 8th, 2011
8:32 am

Is it me or does it seem that a lot of players transferred to Flowery Branch from North Hall, any reason ?

Georgia Dawg

December 8th, 2011
9:46 am

Savannadawg That’s a great question. I’m from Hall Co. and have seen the kid play, not only can he pass he can pick it up on the ground too. But then again why did Georgia not offer A.J. Johnson, another kid from my area who goes to Tennessee and leads the team in tackles as a Freshman?!?! Maybe that’s why we got it handed to us against LSU.

GT Fan

December 8th, 2011
10:47 am

Guess he had too many qualifications for PJ. Wish Ball State, Elon or Wofford had offered, then PJ would have got him, this young man has some nice size.

Bill Stanfill

December 8th, 2011
11:30 am

Regarding Bauta–

Dawgs picked him for a variety of reasons–

They want a big, strong QB they can put in occasionally to run the ball.

They see him as a good, spirited kid who can potentially play a variety of positions.

He had a good arm though he’s raw. With development, he could become a true multi-threat QB.


December 8th, 2011
11:35 am

lets hear some more about Stephenson!!

North Hall Player

December 8th, 2011
12:32 pm

Savannadawg i used to play with Kanler when he was at North Hall, and trust me he has no lack of velocity on the ball. He has a cannon. Period.


December 8th, 2011
7:57 pm

Not only is the Coker kid a heck of a talent on the football field but he is probably a better basketball player than he is football player.

BS Patrol

December 8th, 2011
10:35 pm

Excessive use of “Me Thinks”
One doggie’s usage just stinks
He thinks he’s The Bard but
He’s really a ‘tard
and he sounds more like Jar Jar Binks

Why not just use “I think”, retard?

I know the story

December 11th, 2011
6:44 am

He had those stats because the region they play in is pitiful. He better go play football because I saw him play basketball the other night and he was terrible, as was the entire team. As to why he transferred, he was one of the players that was”recruited” to transfer. He simply followed the Curry trio that were also “recruited” to FBHS. As for a great place for your son to play, the head coach left to go to Rabun County so don’t know how the”recruiting” is going and they lost a load off that team.

CPJ... Hello

December 11th, 2011
8:06 pm

Why did GT not go after this kid. GT needs to get a ATH at QB with his size. Look at what VT QB did to us this year.


December 11th, 2011
11:01 pm

I know the story, you do not know anything. The Currys came because their dad got a coaching job on the team. Coker came because NH runs and runs and runs the ball, they dont throw. He wanted schools to see him throw. The BRANCH does not and never has recruited. When you have a winning program kids want to play there. Coach Shaw left to coach the high school he played for as a teenager. Not to mention 120,000.00 dollars a year.

the real story

December 12th, 2011
12:46 am

The real story is plain and simple….

I know the story, you sir are a complete idiot

Come on

December 12th, 2011
10:36 pm

“branch boy” … ha ha, that sounds red neck.