Four-star TE taking look at Colorado

California product Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick has given a verbal commitment to USC, but will give Colorado a shot before making a final decision.

When Southern Cal head coach Lane Kiffin offered Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick a scholarship in June, Cope-Fitzpatrick committed to the Trojans immediately.

Nearly five months later, a career at USC still sounds appealing, but so does a move to the Rocky Mountains.

Rated by Scout.com as the No. 4 tight end recruit in the country, Cope-Fitzpatrick, from Rocklin, Calif., has his eye on the Colorado Buffaloes.

"I wouldn't say I'm making a change," Cope-Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. "I just really want to make sure that I'm not missing anything.

"With Colorado, I really want to take a hard second look, because of their situation that they have. And, with my position alone it's pretty intriguing. I want to make sure I'm not passing up a better opportunity."

A 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, Cope-Fitzpatrick said CU's coaching staff is a big reason for his interest in becoming a Buff.

CU head coach Jon Embree played tight end in the NFL. He also spent several years in the NFL coaching tight ends, including Tony Gonzalez, Daniel Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Christian Fauria. CU tight ends coach J.D. Brookhart also has extensive college and NFL coaching experience.

"I just really feel that out of all the schools in the country, they have probably the most knowledge when it comes to my position and how to play the position, the ins and outs of it and what I need to do to prepare myself if I want to go to the NFL," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "That alone is interesting."

Cope-Fitzpatrick took an unofficial visit to Boulder over the summer and said, "I really like the campus."

Currently, Cope-Fitzpatrick is focused on helping Whitney High (7-2 record) go deep into the playoffs. Because of that, he said he would like to take his official visits after his prep season.

In addition to Colorado, Cope-Fitzpatrick is taking a hard look at Oregon, and is also entertaining an offer from Cal. He has yet to take any official visits.

"Right now, I feel (USC) is the best situation for me, but things could change," he said.


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