University of Saint Francis senior wide receiver Seth Coate is getting a chance to earn some notice from the NFL this week.
Coate is taking part in the 2017 College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium in Bedford, Texas. The event is for the top senior players from all levels of college football. Players receive professional coaching, mentoring, life coaching and the chance to practice against other senior players. There is also a controlled scrimmage where NFL and CFL scouts can observe the players in action.
Coate will be at the event for five days and will be able to showcase his skills against NCAA Division I defensive backs in attendance. The event could help Coate in his quest to participate in a Pro Day situation where he can be evaluated further and possibly earn an invitation to an NFL training camp this summer.
Speakers at the event include former NFL players Marvin Jones, Keith Bulluck, Mark Clayton and Marcus Coleman.
Coate, who played at Homestead High School before his Saint Francis career, was named the Offensive Player of the Game in the NAIA national championship game as Saint Francis beat Baker for its first national title on Dec. 17 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Coate caught nine passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the game.
Coate caught 83 passes for 1,693 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2016. He finished his college career with a phenomenal streak of 27 consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception.
Indiana University wide receiver Ricky Jones Jr. and Purdue offensive lineman Jason King are also participating in the symposium this week.