Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia class of 2018 wide receiver Jacob Copeland has long been one of the most coveted prospects in the South region, regardless of position. Through the last year-plus, many college football programs have ascended up his list although he isn't working with a true top group at this point.
Alabama has long recruited the explosive rising-senior, too, and seems to have made its way back into the mix following Copeland's latest unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend.
"It was exciting for me to be back in T-town," he said. "Everything is changing there. Not in a bad way but good way. New coaching staff on offense. I'm ready to see how things workout this year for them since they took the L against Clemson in the natty...I wanna see how they react this upcoming season."
Part of that reaction as the Crimson Tide springs forward in 2017 is with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and wide receivers coach Mike Locksley, who each were able to meet with the top 50 overall prospect on Saturday.
"We all sat down during lunch time up top over the stadium and talked," Copeland said. "They broke things down, how the upcoming season should look. They said that with my capabilities, I can make it happen. Lead the SEC possibility, if I was to come there and work out my all into it.
"I have the ability that a lot of other recruits doesn't have. And I have some skill sets that the NFL coaches could possibility want on their team."
Before the first impression with the new members of Nick Saban's staff, the four-star met with the head man himself.
"First thing I did when I got on campus," he said. "Coach said I have a special talent that some of his past athletes has had, who became high draft picks, and could go pro (on) either side of the ball."
There wasn't a specific comparison made to Copeland via Saban, but the champion coach has worked with many wide receivers who had ability on the other side of the football and vice versa. That news, the renewed energy on staff and overall atmosphere of the weekend at Alabama has the program back in the thick of things for his services.
Copeland characterized UA "in top consideration" at this time. He has no timetable for a decision.