The top-ranked in-state safety for the 2021 cycle has earned an offer from the Texas Longhorns after camping in Austin Tuesday night.
Kennedale standout JD Coffey has been on the Longhorns’ radar for quite some time now and Wednesday afternoon, he officially became a target for the Horns as Coffey is the first safety in next year’s cycle to notch an opportunity from Texas.
Over the past 40 days, Coffey has reeled in 10-plus offers, which now puts him at a total of 14. Arkansas, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Utah are among the programs that have recently jumped into the mix.
The four-star prospect has made multiple visits to the Forty Acres over the past two months, with his most recent trip resulting in an offer. Coffey has been watching the Longhorns attentively and the uplifting atmosphere that Tom Herman and his staff have formulated over the years is an aspect of the Texas program he is intrigued with.
“The competitiveness throughout the whole program is something that I like a lot,” Coffey told BON. “The staff pushes for greatness and it shows on the field.”
With a prospect like Coffey scanning the field and being the last line of defense, it’s important to account for his whereabouts on every play if you’re a quarterback or a skill player being targeted. Coffey is a total ballhawk with tremendous ball skills that finds himself in great position to create turnovers for the defense. He has the closing speed to cover a good amount of ground in coverage and when flying downhill to attack ball carriers. Coffey’s size suits him well at his position and he’s equipped with a frame that will develop tremendously over time.
At 6’0, 180 pounds, Coffey is ranked as the nation’s No. 182 prospect, No. 6 safety in the country and No. 27 overall prospect in Texas for the 2021 cycle, according to 247Sports.