J.C. Copeland comes from Troup County H.S. (GA) which is regarded as a school that produces a lot of defensive talent. UCF got a huge commitment last year from defensive tackle Tay Irvin and now the Knights are trying to persuade his teammate to head to Orlando as well.
However, the Knights will have to fend off plenty of BCS level programs. Copeland has offers from Mississippi, Louisville, Maryland, Duke and others. He was also offered recently by two other notable programs.
"N.C. State offered me last week," Copeland told InsideKnights.com. "I was supposed to go to Auburn for their Junior Day, but I had an emergency the first day of it, so I took a private visit the week after. It wasn't an official visit, but I did get to meet with Coach Chizik. I've been there a couple of times and it's real nice."
The Knights might be going up against even more competition in the coming weeks.
"I haven't checked my mail in a few days, so I probably did get a few more offers."
While the list of schools keeps growing for Copeland, UCF has more going in its favor than just top facilities and a sound staff that rivals, if not surpasses, any of the before mentioned schools; Tay Irvin.
"We are best friends," Copeland said in regards to his former teammate and UCF commit. "He really wants me to come down there and is always talking about how nice the school is."
Copeland will have a first-hand opportunity to see UCF's campus and facilities next month, as he is planning a trip down to Orlando.
"I think I'm going to try and make the Spring Game. I am supposed to take the ACT next weekend, so I can't make it for their Junior Day."
Along with tests and trips to universities, Copeland is also getting ready to begin his senior season at Troup County.
"We begin spring ball in the second week of May, I believe. I'm getting real excited for it and all of the schools that have offered me will be there visiting."
If that's the case, then Copeland may see more than the half-dozen or so schools that have offered him thus far in attendance. At the rate he's picking up offers, there could very well be a sideline full of college coaches to get a look at one of Georgia's better prospects. One thing is certain though; the Knights will be in attendance and they will make their presence felt.
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