ORLANDO – Four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland was committed to Florida for three months before decommitting November 25. But he says the Gators still are in the mix to sign him.
“My thought process is I’m just looking to finish up my official visits with Texas A&M, Alabama and Florida,” Copeland told GN as he prepared for the Under Armour All-American Game. “I already took an official visit to Tennessee, so those are the schools that I’m locking into. Then I’ll wait ’til National Signing Day.”
Copeland (6 feet 0, 192 pounds), from Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia, is among the top-10 receivers in the country and is a top-75 prospect overall.
Copeland said the new Florida staff is recruiting him hard.
“Coach (Dan) Mullen hits up my line mostly every day — he and (wide receivers) Coach (Billy) Gonzales,” Copeland said. “Really, a lot of the staff has been hitting my line. When Mullen took the job, I was one of the first calls that he made that night. We have had a good relationship from then on and now just waiting ’til signing day.”
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Among others, Florida signed quarterback Emory Jones and safety Trey Dean during the early signing period. Both had been committed elsewhere, and Copeland noticed.
“For sure I took notice because I get along with those boys,” Copeland said. “I know they are good players, and that’s what you want to do — play with good players.”
Alabama always has been one of the top schools on Copeland’s list.
“Just knowing about Alabama and Nick Saban — you can’t go wrong by going to Alabama,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons why Alabama is one of the top schools for me.”
Tennessee has gotten into the mix recently because of new coach Jeremy Pruitt.
“Coach Pruitt has been recruiting me since my freshman year,” Copeland said. “He has seen what I can do on the field and he has been there since day one.”
Copeland will visit Texas A&M on January 20, Alabama on January 26 and Florida on February 2. NSD is February 7.
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