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Jacob Copeland was the first 2018 recruit offered by Florida coach Jim McElwain.

Impact analysis: WR Jacob Copeland was a must-get for Florida Gators

Zach Abolverdi

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida now has a top-10 class after the commitment of Jacob Copeland.

In an SEC Country exclusive, the top-100 overall recruit pledged to the Gators with a commitment video about his life and upbringing. UF now has 16 members in its 2018 class.

Here’s a closer look at the new Florida commit.

4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland

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Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 192 pounds

High school: Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)

Rankings: No. 9 wide receiver, No. 52 overall prospect (247Sports composite)

Details of his decision: Copeland favored the Gators after eliminating Clemson in the spring, but Alabama made a late surge in the months leading up to his decision. The Under Armour All-American visited the Crimson Tide four times in three months, including a surprise trip to Tuscaloosa on Monday. In the end, however, Florida’s lead was too strong.

How he fits in: Copeland was the first 2018 recruit offered by UF coach Jim McElwain. The Panhandle prospect plays a number of positions in high school, ranging from defensive back to wildcat quarterback, but he’ll be a slot receiver for the Gators. Copeland was not only the staff’s No. 1 WR target in the class, but sat near the top of Florida’s overall recruiting board.

Chances of playing early: Copeland has the potential to be one of Florida’s best offensive skill players since Percy Harvin. Despite being a summer enrollee, he should make an immediate impact in the passing game in 2018. With Brandon Powell and potentially Dre Massey leaving after this season, Copeland could possibly start as a true freshman if he catches on fast in fall camp.