KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Like most of the players participating in day one of Under Armour All-America practice on Monday, it was all about shaking off the rust for Stacy Coley.
The Oakland Park, Fla. receiver participated in just shorts during the first practice, not due to an injury but just because the equipment managers were late getting him pants before hand so they just told him to go in shorts.
Even without pads the four-star said he felt like he had a pretty good first day.
"Just a little bit rusty," Coley said. "Just getting back in shape trying to go through the mental phase of everything. Just trying to get back to where I started."
Coley competed much of the afternoon with Miami commitment Artie Burns, getting the best of Burns on a few occasions.
"Everybody is talented," Coley said of his Team Nitro teammates. "It's a new challenge."
As of right now Coley said that he doesn't have a leader, but mentioned Florida State, Mississippi, Miami, Florida and North Carolina as some of his top schools. He has yet to set up any future official visits, but visited Miami on December 10.
Coley was recruited by FSU Running Back's coach and Special Team's Coordinator Eddie Gran early in the process, before Gran left FSU to take the Offensive Coordinator position at Cincinnati. Now Coley is talking mostly with Wide Receiver's Coach Lawrence Dawsey.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver said he really enjoys Dawsey's straightforward approach with him.
"My relationship with Coach Dawsey is very challenging," Coley said. "Coach Dawsey he tells me a lot and just tells me to stay focused and go through everything
just the mental part of everything."
While it may be the dead period for coaches, meaning Dawsey can't talk to Coley, that doesn't mean Coley isn't getting a heavy dose of FSU talk while in Orlando. Coley is rooming with four-star FSU commit Ryan Green.
Green said he is trying to toe the line and not be overbearing with FSU talk towards Coley, but still let him know he should join him in Tallahassee.
"I talk to him about it," Green said. "Not as much, because I don't want to push him towards it, but I like to talk to him and get in his ear about Florida State."
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