Winona all-state quarterback An’Darius Coffey has scholarship offers from Duke, Liberty, and Central Arkansas and plans to visit all three prior to the February signing period.
Coffey committed to the University of Mississippi last summer, but did not sign with the Rebels during the early signing period. “I don't have any interest in Ole Miss at the moment,” he said.
Coffey played quarterback the last two years, but was recruited by Ole Miss as a defensive back, the position he played for the Tigers as a sophomore.
He said Duke and Central Arkansas have recruited him for offense or defense, Liberty just for defense. Missouri and Memphis have also shown interest, but have not yet made an offer.
David Cutcliffe, the head coach at Duke, is known for developing quarterbacks. He was offensive coordinator at Tennessee when Peyton Manning was the quarterback, head coach at Ole Miss when Eli Manning played quarterback for the Rebels and head coach at Duke when Daniel Jones was quarterback. As a rookie, Jones replaced Eli Manning as starting quarterback for the New York Giants.
Liberty, located in Lynchburg, Va., has a FBS football team that is currently playing as an independent and is coached for former Ole Miss head man Hugh Freeze. Central Arkansas is a FBS program in the Southland Conference and is located in Conway, just west of Little Rock.
Coffey played in the Blue-Gray All American Bowl Monday at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Falcons. Coffey was the only Mississippian in the game. He was chosen as a defensive back, as was also true for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game last month.