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National Signing Day 2017: QB Jack Coan begins Wisconsin career as early enrollee

A New York native heads west to see if he can grow into the leader of Wisconsin’s offense.

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Class of 2017 QB Jack Coan

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
QB 6'3 200 Sayville (N.Y.) Three stars, No. 20 pro-style QB

One of the Wisconsin Badgers’ six early enrollees in the class of 2017, Jack Coan will get the opportunity to learn Paul Chryst’s offense a semester early. He heads west to Madison after breaking Long Island’s all-time records in career touchdown passes (128) and passing yards (9,787).

Coan is one of two quarterbacks in this class, as Danny Vanden Boom (Kimberly, Wis.) also committed to the Badgers as a preferred walk-on.


247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: 0.8714; No. 469 overall; No. 20 pro-style QB; No. 3 N.Y.

247Sports: Three stars; Grade: 88; No. 496 overall; No. 16 pro-style QB; No. 3 N.Y.

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 77; No. 29 Quarterback: Pocket Passer; No. 98 East Regional; No. 6 N.Y.

Rivals: Four stars; No. 241 overall; No. 13 pro-style QB; No. 2 N.Y.

Scout: Three stars; No. 34 QB; No. 3 East QB; No. 1 N.Y. QB

Verbally committed on March 24, 2016

Coan was Wisconsin’s fifth commitment for 2017 when he verbally pledged last spring, after visiting Madison the week prior during the beginning of 2016 spring practices.

Like fellow 2017 commit Cade Green, Coan initially committed to play lacrosse (Coan to Notre Dame, Green to Air Force) before reopening his recruiting process.

The three-star signal caller held offers from some significant Power Five schools including Boston College, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and West Virginia, among others.

Coan also had the chance to work with long-time NFL quarterback and current CBS analyst Phil Simms.

Video highlights


Gatorade State Player of the Year (New York)

2016 Hansen Award winner

Nominated to play in 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

USA Today Offensive Player of the Year (New York)

First-team 2016 All-USA New York selection

Bio (courtesy

High School: Four-star prospect by Rivals … three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Scout … set Long Island career records for passing yards (9,787) and touchdown passes (128) while also rushing for 2,551 yards (6.54 average) and 33 TDs … named New York Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior … selected as state co-player of the year in Class A by New York State Sportswriters Association as a junior and senior … three-time first-team all-state selection … received Hansen Award as Suffolk County’s top player as a senior … three-time Boomer Esiason Award winner as top quarterback in Suffolk County … also a four-time all-county and three-time All-Long Island selection … threw for 1,695 yards and 21 TDs on 118-for-231 passing as a freshman … as a sophomore completed 195 of 327 passes to set Long Island single-season records with 3,431 yards and 40 touchdowns … went 168-for-260 for 2,499 yards and 36 TDs as a junior, also rushing for 1,275 yards and 17 TDs … as a senior, was 158-for-220 for 2,162 yards and 31 TDs while rushing for 766 yards and 11 touchdowns … … also played lacrosse, earning all-county and all-division honors as a freshman … National Honor Society … coach was Rob Hoss

Personal: Parents are Mike and Donna Coan … uncle, Danny Coan, played wide receiver at Cortland … aunt, Christina Coan, played volleyball at Quinnipiac … volunteered with Every Child’s Dream community dinner and as part of Athletes Helping Others Club