National Signing Day 2018: Four-star WR Jacob Copeland commits to Florida, again

By Adam Silverstein
February 7, 2018
National Signing Day 2018: Four-star WR Jacob Copeland commits to Florida, again
Football

Image Credit: Jacob Copeland

Exactly six months after originally committing to the Florida Gators, four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland (Pensacola, FL) has rejoined the program after announcing his final recruiting decision Wednesday on 2018 National Signing Day.

Copeland first announced his pledge to Florida back in August 2017 but was one of a number of players to decommit that November following the departure of former coach Jim McElwain. He kept the Gators as a candidate for his services, and despite flirtations with Alabama, Tennessee and Texas A&M, decided to rejoin Florida’s class under new head coach Dan Mullen and co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonsales.

The 69th-ranked player in the Class of 2018, Copeland (6-foot, 192 pounds) is now UF’s highest-rated commitment for the cycle. He visited the Gators back on Feb. 2, a trip that surely sealed the deal for him to arrive in Gainesville, Florida.

Copeland originally committed to UF last year through a special video produced by SEC Country that takes the viewer through the stresses of being recruited by fans, friends and people in the community. He also visits his old house and points out bullet holes in the windows. It ends with Copeland doing the Gator Chomp atop an ATV.

CommitPos.Rating
Jacob Copeland (69)
WR
Emory Jones* (85)
QB
Richard Gouraige (81)
OT
Justin Watkins (89)
WR
Kyle Pitts* (161)
TE
Amari Burney* (177)
S
Trey Dean* (195)
DB
Dameon Pierce* (201)
RB
Andrew Chatfield (213)
DE
David Reese* (296)
LB
Iverson Clement*
RB
Malik Langham
DE
John Huggins*
S
Chris Bleich*
OL
Randy Russell*
S
Dante Lang^
TE
Evan McPherson*
K
Griffin McDowell
C
Noah Banks*
OL
JUCO

One Comment

  1. Michael L. Jones says:

    I don’t know if y’all have been paying much attention to this guy out there in Gator Land, but he’s a man. Uncommon demeanor, character and poise for an 18 year old. Just has a different toughness, resolve and way about him. I will be very surprised if we don’t see amazing things from him very early in his Gator career. I think he was a big get.

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