Where Does UCF Rate for Copeland?

J.C. Copeland

J.C. Copeland is establishing himself as one of the best linemen in the state of Georgia. Offers are rolling in for the defensive end and although he is reluctant to name a favorite, he has UCF pretty high on list of schools. But where exactly do the Knights stand in Copeland's mind?

The recruiting process is just beginning to pick up for J.C. Copeland. At 6'1", 245 lbs., the defensive end from Troup County H.S. (LaGrange, Ga.) is a big target for plenty of schools.

With size, speed (a 4.6 40-yard dash) and production to boot, Copeland has gathered offers from UCF, Maryland, Mississippi State, FIU and others. He has also received significant interest from Alabama, Georgia and Auburn.

"I'll be visiting Auburn this weekend for Junior Day," Copeland told InsideKnights.com. "They might be offering me, we'll see tomorrow."

With plenty of interest from schools around the Southeast, Copeland has been taking everything in stride.

"Right now, things are pretty moderate. I heard the recruiting process gets hectic but that hasn't happened yet. I'm taking my SAT on April 3rd so things will probably be picking up then."

As of now, there isn't a favorite school for Copeland but UCF is really sticking out to him and the Knights could be considered an early favorite.

"Everyone is the same right now. I'd say UCF is at the top of my board right now though. I like it because of its location, the city is a nice draw. Distance is a factor for me, I'd like to go where I can plan a day-trip to go back home and where I can't just head back any time."

Copeland is a former teammate of UCF commit Tay Irvin and current Knight, John Oliver.

"It would be like home playing with them. Me and Tay talk all the time. We had lunch together today and actually we usually eat together. We talk about colleges every day and I'd say UCF is on top of the board."

Aside from playing with Irvin and UCF's location, what is drawing Copeland to Knights?

"The facilities. Tay talks about them a lot and he loves them. I heard the atmosphere is great and I really can't wait to get down there. I'm supposed to go down there for their Junior Day, but I might have to go during the Spring game because I believe I am taking my SAT's that weekend."

With Spring practice starting in about a month for Troup County, Copeland is getting prepared for a lengthy playoff run.

"Our goal as a team is to make it deep into the playoffs," added Copeland. "This spring we are really stressing togetherness. Both the offense and defense need to be on the same page. Last year, it was just the defense dominating and the offense sometimes was clicking; this year we need both sides to step up."

Copeland will also use the spring to improve his own game.

"Explosiveness and a big motor, those are my strengths, or at least that's what my coaches tell me. Study habits are something I'd like to work on some before I get to the next level."

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