Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with Under Armour All-American wide receiver Jacob Copeland, 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons.
Copeland strongly considering Alabama
Jacob Copeland was in Tuscaloosa for A-Day last month, and he received the royal treatment like many top recruits do.
Copeland, a 4-star wide receiver from Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.), received a call from assistant director of player personnel Sam Petitto the morning of the spring game and what he heard next startled the outspoken recruit for a few seconds.
“They told me that I was going to be in the car with [Alabama coach Nick] Saban,” Copeland told SEC Country. “I said, ‘Saban? What are we doing with Saban? Hold on.’ In my head, I was just saying to myself that I’m really about to get in the car with Saban. We were just cruising along.”
The Under Armour All-American rode in the front seat of Saban’s car with 5-star wide receiver Justyn Ross in the back. Copeland called the experience with Saban the “greatest moment” in his recruitment thus far.
Copeland got to Tuscaloosa the night before and had no clue he was going to have that opportunity. When he found out, he would be arriving at Bryant-Denny Stadium with Saban, he wasn’t nervous because he said he has no problem connecting with the coach.
“Saban is just a really cool coach,” Copeland said. “I can vibe with him. He’s not always serious like people think. If you spent time around him, you’d understand.”
During the ride, Saban told Copeland how he can make an impact on both sides of the ball. Alabama has told the nation’s No. 9 wide receiver that they like him on the offensive side of the ball but also at cornerback. Sometimes, recruits don’t like being told coaches have thought about what that player would be like at a different position, like in-state running back Harold Joiner, who has LSU on top, but Copeland actually loves it.
“That just shows me what he thinks about my talent,” Copeland said.
Copeland has a top five of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee, but it appears like it’s a two-team battle between the Crimson Tide and the Gators. Alabama likes where it stands with Copeland, but so do several people inside Florida’s program.
Either way, he’s going to play college football in the SEC when he makes his commitment known, which is expected to happen at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.
“That’s the strongest conference and I feel like I’m built for that,” Copeland said. “Through my whole life, I played with kids way older than me and I was young coming up, so I just had to learn from my big brothers. … Playing in the SEC, you gotta ball out if you want to be on that big-dog level.”
The nation’s No. 52 overall player says Florida is recruiting him the hardest. Ever since Jim McElwain took the Florida job, he’s been prioritizing him like no other coach. The entire Gators staff is in touch with him almost on a daily basis.
As for Alabama, Copeland said he only hears from defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley. But those two, especially Ansley, have developed a strong relationship with him.
“That’s my guy, man,” Copeland said of Ansley. “Me and him got the same personality. Ever since we met, I’ve just been comfortable around him. It’s like we’ve known each other all of our lives.”
So, what kind of chance does Alabama have to lock up Copeland’s commitment? He definitely loves everything about the school.
“The Crimson Tide, man, that’s a legendary school,” Copeland said. “They have national championships. Saban is a legendary coach.”
I still believe Florida has the best chance at landing Copeland when he makes his commitment, but Alabama has certainly made this an interesting race.
Alabama visits 5-star DE once again
Alabama was back at Harrisburg (Penn.) High School on Wednesday for the second time in two weeks. Harrisburg is home to one of the Crimson Tide’s top targets regardless of position, 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons.
Parsons de-committed from Penn State on April 23. Ohio State is viewed as the favorite to land the nation’s No. 3 overall player because of his close relationship with Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson and Parsons naming his dog Brutus, which is the name of Ohio State’s mascot.
The 6-foot-3, 241-pound prospect is expected to visit Tuscaloosa this summer but a date for that visit hasn’t been set. The good news for Alabama is outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi is on the case, and there’s perhaps no one other than Saban on Alabama’s staff who does a better job when it comes to recruiting.
— Coach Cal (@hbgcougarcoach) May 10, 2017
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