QB Kanler Coker flips from East Carolina to North Carolina

UNC-bound QB Kanler Coker (AJC)

UNC-bound QB Kanler Coker (AJC)

North Carolina’s new football coach, Larry Fedora, must’ve given the recruiting sales pitch of a lifetime on Monday.

He made an in-home visit with Flowery Branch QB Kanler Coker and convinced him to switch his commitment from East Carolina to North Carolina – without Coker taking an official visit to UNC.

“Coach Fedora offered me, we talked a few hours and … I don’t know … it just felt right,” Coker said. “North Carolina has always been one of my ‘dream schools.’ I went with my heart. I went ahead and committed.”

The 6-foot-4, 217-pounder committed to East Carolina last month but recently went bonkers on the recruiting radar after college scouts saw his senior film. Ole Miss and Notre Dame had also been in contact with Coker, who threw for 2,809 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior at Flowery Branch.

He called East Carolina’s coaches to inform them of the change of heart. “I told them I appreciated them recruiting me and explained the reasons for my change. Overall, they were pretty understanding about everything. They told me they wanted the best for me and to call me if anything changed.”

Coker, who last visited North Carolina’s campus as a freshman, will take a recruiting trip with the Tar Heels next weekend.

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21 comments Add your comment

FL Jacket

January 16th, 2012
11:45 pm

Wow Carvell…Bama moved quick to get your Saban story pulled quick!

FL Jacket

January 16th, 2012
11:47 pm

Wow Carvell…I didn’t think Bama was going to take hard-hitting journalism lying down…so they got the article on Saban pulled?

Paul in NH

January 17th, 2012
12:07 am

I can understand going to Chapel Hill over ECU, but has Coker looked at the UNC depth chart? Bryn Renner will be a JR next year and Marquise Williams was a redshirt as a freshman this year. Renner had an excellent season this year and Williams was much more highly rated as a recruit. It is highly unlikely that Coker will see any game time at UNC-CH for 3 years.

John

January 17th, 2012
12:42 am

So unc got their second choice QB who said he was going to ecu but then changed his mind…. classy.

McKinneyTXPirate

January 17th, 2012
7:05 am

Maybe this kid looked at ECU’s QB depth and thought there would be more opportunity at UNC.

SimpleDawg

January 17th, 2012
9:18 am

Looks like this kid can play just about anywhere……

Promethius

January 17th, 2012
9:44 am

From what I sense this guy is the real deal. Do any of you Ga. people know anything about him?

Waysway

January 17th, 2012
9:46 am

Coker must feel good about the sanctions coming the NCAA. With unc-ch already surrendering 3 schollys and the NCAA yet to add to it as they did to OSU, hope he guessed right. Even more concerning will be if the sanctions are handed out AFTER signing day and he is without a place to play, no bowls, and no TV. hmmmmm.

ormewood

January 17th, 2012
11:56 am

Paul, new coach/new scheme. UNC’s new coach runs a spread, which appears to be what this kid ran in Flowery Branch. Who knows what happens with the other QB’s. Plus, a degree from East Carolina would certainly not be remotely comparable to one from UNC.

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The Man

January 17th, 2012
12:49 pm

Paul in NH, would that NH stand for north hall….

Smack1212

January 17th, 2012
12:51 pm

Had Coker stayed at NH the best offer he would’ve gotten would be to gainesville state…. who doesn’t even have a football team

Columbus

January 17th, 2012
12:56 pm

Wow, this guy is wishy-washy! He does not even take a visit and lets a guy come in and change his mind in a few hours? LOL. He could have been from ANY school. I mean UNC is going to be on probation, etc. right? East Carolina will be whipping UNC’s butt while he is there. How many QB’s come out of UNC? A lot less than at ECU. NOBODY is going to UNC are they? I mean they are both North Carolina schools but to leave a school in a moment of passion? I dont know, sounds like a hasty decision that should have been slept on for a week or two. UNC is a great school do nto get me wrong, but there is a bad moon rising.

tarheel fan

January 17th, 2012
12:59 pm

TJ Yates was a good QB at all I guess was he Columbus? And to Kanler, welcome to the Hill

Columbus

January 17th, 2012
1:00 pm

Weill if it was one of his dream schools, I can understand that but who knows what the next few years will be like. I hate it for ECU but they will likely be the team to beat in the state the next few years even without this guy.

ga man

January 17th, 2012
1:09 pm

columbus, idk if you will be right

ormewood

January 17th, 2012
2:57 pm

Columbus, the next time that ECU is the beat to beat in NC will be the first time. I believe that UNC has kicked their tail the last two years. I don’t think that NC State has played ECU recently, but could be wrong.

Waysway

January 17th, 2012
7:56 pm

ECU beat NCSU in their last meeting in 2010.

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 18th, 2012
11:23 am

OK but he is going to UNC. Seriously, UNC or East Carolina. This is a no brainer. Dont be suprised if Ole Miss jumps in. I think that is where he wanted to go but has not gotten a offer yet. If anybody hasnt noticed, Flowery Branch has 4 QB’s in the past 5 years sign with a D1 school. Shaw- GT, Shaw-S. Carolina, Brown-UAB and now Coker UNC. Flowery Branch seems like a good place for a QB prospect

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