May 6, 2016
May 6, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss has added another member to its already impressive defensive line corps with the signing of Holmes Community College standout Josiah Coatney.
Coatney, who will be a sophomore this fall with three years of eligibility in Oxford, was third on the Holmes team with 46 tackles as a freshman last year. He added 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two blocked kicks, while returning both an interception and a fumble recovery for touchdowns.
The MACJC first team All-State selection chose Ole Miss over Alabama and host of other schools from the Southeastern Conference and across the Southeast that desired his signature.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive lineman hails from Douglasville, Georgia, where he attended Chapel Hill High School. He was a four-star recruit and rated as the No. 31 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com coming out of high school.
Coatney will join a Rebel squad loaded with talent across the defensive line, including former starters Fadol Brown, Issac Gross and Marquis Haynes, and significant contributors D.J. Jones, Breeland Speaks and John Youngblood, among others.
The Rebels and Florida State Seminoles will open the 2016 campaign in a highly anticipated top-25 matchup at the Camping World Kickoff Game in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, September 5.