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 Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Jacob Copeland receives jersey
Florida will have a handful of commits in the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game, including Jacob Copeland.
The 4-star wide receiver from Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.) was officially selected to the game Thursday and received his Under Armour jersey.
“I want to thank my family, thanks my friends, thank the ones who supported me through this process,” Copeland said. “It’s a blessing to be an All-American.”
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) October 26, 2017
Copeland is ranked 45th nationally and No. 7 at his position in the 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot, 192-pound WR has made several spectacular plays for Escambia this season.
Copeland committed to Florida over Alabama and Florida State in an exclusive video with SEC Country on Aug. 2 (watch here). Alabama continues to pursue Copeland, but he hasn’t wavered this fall on his pledge to the Gators.
He reiterated his commitment level Thursday.
“I’m still all in on the University of Florida,” Copeland told the Pensacola News Journal. “Everybody says this and that about Florida and says they are sorry this year, but that doesn’t matter to me.
“I just want to make an impact. I don’t want to build on to something that is already started. I want to go and make my own legacy. I’m 110 percent committed to Florida.”
The Under Armour All America Game is scheduled for Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. ET. It will be televised live on ESPN2 from the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Georgia jumps Florida
Gouraige’s pledge last week gave the Gators the No. 1-ranked class in the SEC, moving them ahead of Georgia and Tennessee.
But the Bulldogs are back on top following the commitment Thursday from 4-star running back James Cook, the younger brother of former Florida State RB Dalvin Cook. He chose UGA over the Seminoles.
Cook was the first recruit contacted by Gators running back coach Ja’Juan Seider when he was hired in February, but the Miami native was already trending toward the Bulldogs and wanted to get out of the Sunshine State.
Seider turned his focus to Iverson Clement, Asa Martin and Dameon Pierce, landing two of his top targets. Georgia now a top-5 class with addition of Cook, while the Gators are No. 7 in the team rankings.
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