But before Signing Day, Copeland had shed light on the stresses and struggles he was going through in the process to come to a college decision, tweeting that he had been crying and praying as he went back and forth on the right choice for his future.
Now after signing with the Gators, Copeland’s future coach, Dan Mullen, is trying to help shift the narrative from what Copeland’s mother did after the announcement to the fact that Copeland really reached into himself to come to the decision he thought was best for him.
“The greatest thing I saw in that whole deal was a young guy that said, ‘I prayed, I cried, I went through everything, and my heart told me where I wanted to go to school. I did this because this is where I want to be,’ ” Mullen said during an ESPNU Radio appearance Friday afternoon. “That to me shows what an emotional decision that can be for kids sometimes.”
You can listen to Mullen’s full remarks on Copeland below:
Was @GatorsFB HC @CoachDanMullen concerned when new signee Jacob Copeland's mother left the table after he decided to sign with #Florida? Mullen explained when he joined @Andy_Staples pic.twitter.com/ngTUYsbZX7
— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) February 9, 2018
“I was happy he’s going to come play for us,” Mullen said. “But more importantly, I’m happy that he really, this is where his heart wants him to be and that’s the reason he’s coming to be a Florida Gator.”