Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we look at a major WR target for Auburn and a little perspective on his recruitment
Some Jacob Copeland perspective
Perspective is everything, so here is a little on 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland.
Copeland has shown a lot of love to a lot of schools, which has a lot to do with the high number of offers he holds. He hasn’t trimmed down that list much, but the perceived favorites are Florida, Auburn, North Carolina, Miami, Clemson and Alabama.
Copeland has raved about the Plains and wide receivers coach Kodi Burns to the point many Tigers’ insiders view Auburn as the favorite to land him. That’s not necessarily the case. Florida is believed to have the in-state edge and, on top of that, Auburn might not even share the best in-state chance to land Copeland.
SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner spoke with Jacob Copeland at the Nike Opening camp in New Orleans about the Tide, and it appears the offensive coordinator change at Alabama has been welcomed by Copeland.
“It seems like they’re going to change the game up a little bit,” Copeland told SEC Country. “We chopped it up for a while when I was there and he said they want to pass the ball more this year. Usually, Alabama only focuses on one wide receiver, so I didn’t really have much interest in them. After talking to him, Alabama is getting back up there. I want to see what they look like throwing the ball this season.
“That was why I wasn’t really considering Alabama all that much. It didn’t make sense for me because there would always be a receiver who’s there that would be in front of me that they would focus on.”
That shows more than just his Crimson Tide interest. It gives some insight into what Copeland will look for this fall as he narrows in on his decision.
In Auburn’s case, the Tigers’ willingness to spread the ball around will be something Copeland — and other wide receivers — will watch closely. Copeland isn’t in a rush to make a decision, so Auburn will have plenty of time to prove its ability to stretch the ball downfield with new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and the potential of a bigger passing game with Jarrett Stidham.
The A-Day game on April 8 will be the first chance for Auburn’s wide receiver targets to see what Auburn’s new passing game can do.
Auburn cracks top 6 for JUCO TE
The Tigers have revved up their tight end efforts since Larry Porter joined the staff.
Here’s a look at the tight ends Auburn is recruiting, fresh off the 2017 class that included two new additions — Salvatore Cannella and John Samuel Shenker.
- Tyneil Hopper
- Mustapha Muhammad
- Josh Whyle
- Brevin Jordan
- Zach Sheffer
- Nic McTear
Those are all high school prospects Auburn will continue pursuing. The Tigers are also, as of early Tuesday morning, in on the top 6 for junior college tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson who plays at Arizona Western College.
Anderson released a top 6 in the early hours that included Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon and Utah. Anderson will have three years to play two seasons once he decides and arrives at a school.