On June 1, Kennedale defensive back JD Coffey announced via twitter that he would be committing on June 15. After narrowing down his list of schools to Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Oregon Texas and Washington he now makes it official. Coffey will become a member of the Longhorn family.
Coffey, via the 247Sports Composite, is the seventh-best safety in the 2021 class and the 29th ranked player in the state of Texas.
As a junior last season for Kennedale, he accumulated 71 tackles with two sacks and two interceptions for the 7-4 Wildcats.
Texas has a history of landing elite safeties. Caden Sterns was the best safety in the 2017 class. Xavion Alford and Jerrin Thompson were two of the best in 2020. Now, JD Coffey will get to call Austin his home starting in 2021.
Name: JD Coffey
High School: Kennedale
City, State: Kennedale, TX
Three Best Traits:
Gets Better Every Year – Coffey has been playing varsity level football since he was a freshman and has improved each and every year. As a freshman, he recorded six interceptions and was part of the All-State team in 4A. While his interceptions went down as a junior he easily could have easily had six if opposing quarterbacks threw his way. Still, he recorded two while averaging more than six tackles a game to be named District 6-4A-1 Defensive MVP. Coffey improves every time he steps on the field.
Special Teams – Coffey specializes in Track and Field as well, even running a 23.27 in the 200-meter dash. As a junior, he returned two punts for a touchdown and had one kickoff return for a score. Coffey’s speed and vision help him be elite at special teams along with being the quintessential center fielder.
Ball Hawk – Wherever the ball is, Coffey will be there. He already has 14 interceptions and nearly 200 tackles to his name for his high school career. He’s a guy who possesses amazing free safety skills. He can sit back, let the play develop and attack wherever necessary. He packs quite a punch with each tackle as well. No one is beating Coffey over the top at this level.
Areas for Improvement:
Bulk – Coffey as of now stands almost 6’1 and 180 pounds. That’s certainly good enough to dominate in 4A footbasll, but he definitely has room to add some bulk to his frame.
Level of Competition – Coffey and Kennedale played some amazing teams and high levels of talent all year. But to go make the jump from 4A to the wild offenses of the Big-12 is a giant leap. As teams continue to run more pass-happy offenses, the safety position is becoming more and more vital.
Overall, Coffey is an elite safety talent that has the potential to be a real game-changer at the next level. He has elite ball skills and speed and can prove to be an amazing center fielder for Texas. He’s a guy who can do pretty much everything on the football field. Texas is getting an incredible prospect.
Coffey is a huge win for Tom Herman and the Longhorns. A guy who hopefully can fill the shoes of the other amazing safeties Texas has had in recent years. Defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash gets his first major signing with Coffey, and it’s a brilliant one. Coffey will make opposing Big-12 quarterbacks scared for years to come.
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