Korey Coles was walking toward the locker room after yet another Potomac (Md.) victory last season when he asked a reporter a rhetorical question: "Hey, how come that [other team's star] wide receiver didn't catch a pass today?"
The encounter, though it lasted only a few seconds, offered an instant glimpse at the Wolverines' standout cornerback and wide receiver. He is bold and confident -- and also usually performs well enough to back it up on the field. A 5-foot-9, 155-pound senior, Coles said he has been that way since fifth grade, when he began playing club football.
"To play football, you need to be confident in yourself," he said.
On any other team, Coles likely would be the featured attraction. At Potomac, though, he is just one piece of the puzzle on a team filled with talented players.
Second-team All-Met quarterback Harold Dorman was the star of last season's team that advanced to the Maryland 2A title game. This season's team has a group of hefty linemen, led by second-team All-Met Gus Parrish, Brandon Jackson, Terrell Poe and Reggie Berry. The Wolverines' defense has yet to allow a point this season.
Though Coles blends in -- he sometimes even disappears among linemen who weigh twice as much -- Potomac Coach Eric Knight said college recruiters have long been onto Coles. Three years ago, when Coles was a freshman, one college coach watching a game tape with Knight asked where No. 7, Coles, was going.
"That's funny," Knight replied. "Because [number] seven is only going to be a 10th-grader next year."
Akron and Kent State have offered him scholarships. Tennessee, North Carolina State and Mississippi State also are interested, and Coles said he plans to visit those three after the season ends. Knight said although opponents have been wary of Coles, he still has 11 catches for 186 yards and four touchdowns. He also has three interceptions as the Wolverines have routed their first five opponents by a combined score of 207-6. Coles tied for fifth in the Washington area with 12 touchdowns catches last season and also returned one punt and one kickoff for scores.
"He knows his abilities," Knight said. "There is nobody Korey stands in awe of. Korey knows he can play. He says bring them on, bring on your best receiver. He wants to be faced by the best."
Directions: Beltway to St. Barnabas Road (Exit 4) toward Marlow Heights. Turn left on Wheeler Road, then left on Leland Drive and make first right onto Clayton Drive. Turn left on Boydell Avenue to the school.