As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Top Targets: No. 2
This week SEC Country is looking at Florida’s top five targets for the Class of 2018.
The Gators currently have eight verbal commitments and their class is ranked No. 36 nationally in the 247Sports Composite. Offensive line, quarterback and receiver are the biggest remaining needs.
Here is Florida’s No. 2 overall target:
4-star WR Jacob Copeland, Pensacola, Fla. (Escambia)
Florida’s chances: 60 percent
Biggest threat: Alabama
Last UF visit: April 7
In his words: “Coach Mac told me I’m his biggest priority. He actually showed me his board and I was the No. 1 receiver on it. Coach Mac told me he’s going to stay on my trail and I’m going to look good in orange and blue. I communicate with Coach Mac every day and a lot of the staff. They treat me like I’m theirs, like I’m already a player there.”
The skinny: Copeland received an offer from the Gators two years ago and now holds more than 30. McElwain is personally recruiting him and he likes the coaching style of assistant Kerry Dixon II, his potential position coach. Copeland plans to announce his decision at the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game.
Clemson led early for Copeland, but he eliminated the Tigers in April and named a top 2 of Auburn and Florida. Now it appears to be a battle between Alabama and Florida, two colleges that hold significance at his high school. An encouraging sign for the Gators is that they’ve been the one constant in his recruitment.
The 6-foot, 192-pound Copeland is ranked the nation’s No. 9 wide receiver and No. 49 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
Jacob Copeland highlights
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