Winning the fastest man competition at the camp, clocking a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, and showing the ability to make plays at wide receiver, the 6-0, 190 Copeland said his time at Auburn allowed him to find a comfort level with coaching staff that has him looking much closer at the program now.
“I like everything,” Copeland said. “The way that we were at the camp is everything I run back at home at my high school. In their route running everything is basically set up the same. Everything just fits in right for me because I already know the routines.
“Everything was good,” he added. “It was a good atmosphere. I have to give a shout-out to Coach (Kodi) Burns for keeping it real and showing me how everything works around there. They made a new movement on how they’re going to take it this season and I’m going to be there to witness it.”
The wide receiver stood out at Auburn's junior camp on Friday.
With offers from top programs all over the country, ncluding Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others, Copeland said Auburn has definitely made a move for him after his visit.
“Most definitely, Auburn is back in the top five for me,” Copeland said, putting Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU in the group as well. “It’s close to home, only three and a half hours away from home. That’s not too far from home. If I did go there to school it wouldn’t be too far for my family to come check me out during games.”
Saying that Auburn sees him at both the outside receiver position and the slot, Copeland said for him the decision doesn’t matter. “Whichever one allows me to see the field faster,” he said.
Getting plenty of one-on-one attention from Burns, and even Gus Malzahn himself, Copeland said he enjoyed getting so much attention from the staff while on campus.
“He’s a national championship coach, and catching his eye like that puts me in a good spot where I’m at right now.”
The attention from Burns centered around the recruiting process and how he will approach it for the Tigers. Copeland said what he heard from the young coach was refreshing and he liked the message.
“He kept it real,” Copeland said. “We sat in the office for like an hour. He was just letting me know how different schools during this process will talk down, but he’s going to keep it real. He said he’s not going to talk about other schools, he’s going to talk about Auburn and what Auburn does and what Auburn is going to be.”
Planning to make his decision sometime after his junior season and possibly before the start of his senior year, Copeland said there are several keys he’ll be looking for when he finds the right fit.
“It will be about the environment and the way the offense is set up,” Copeland said. “That’s what I pay attention to, how the offense is set up and how much they pass the ball and things like that.”