"I just committed to the University of Cincinnati just a few minutes ago," said Copeland. "I was on campus today again and really liked what I saw. I like the coaching staff and could see myself being at Cincinnati the next four or five years. I like the city, coaches and the football a lot."
For the Bearcats, the relationship between assistant coach Robert Prunty again paid off big.
"Coach Prunty and I have a really great relationship," he said. "We talk at least once a week and I've been down a few times and he's been to my school to see me. So we're building something really strong."
Another factor in Copeland's decision is how the Bearcats plan to use him on the field.
"They are recruiting me as a stand-up defensive end," explained Copeland. "That is more my natural position and what I wanted to do. It's also the main reason I committed today because I feel that is what I'm best at doing."
The Bearcats beat a Big Ten and SEC program for Copeland in the end.
What was it like giving the Bearcats his pledge?
"I gave my commitment to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville with Coach Prunty in the room," he said. "Coach Tuberville is a great guy and said he wanted me and that I was a great player. He also said he wanted this commitment and the fact I wanted this commitment made our feelings mutual. So his reaction was a good one."