Focus on 2004

The last few years the Seminoles have done a nice job of signing talented players out of Lake City (Fla.) Columbia. Current Florida State players Kendyl Pope and Jerome Carter both hail from Columbia high in addition to former defensive end All-American Reinard Wilson who now plays on Sunday's for the Cincinnati Bengals. Running back Andre Copeland is another talented player from Lake City that will get serious looks from division 1A colleges, including Florida State.


The last few years the Seminoles have done a nice job of signing talented players out of Lake City (Fla.) Columbia. Current Florida State players Kendyl Pope and Jerome Carter both hail from Columbia high in addition to former defensive end All-American Reinard Wilson who now plays on Sunday's for the Cincinnati Bengals.

This year is no different from past years in terms of talent in Lake City. Running back Andre Copeland will be one of many on his team that will get serious looks from division 1A colleges, including Florida State.

Copeland, who is a 5-foot-8 and 190 pound running back, is getting interest from schools all across the country. The third-team all-state standout in class 4A competition is getting a shoe box full of letters, including Florida State.

He also has gotten letters from schools like North Carolina State, Wake Forrest, South Florida, Mississippi State and Oklahoma.

"Florida State was my favorite team growing up," Copeland said. "But I'm going to consider all schools that offer me a scholarship, but I'm definitely looking at the Noles."

Copeland, like his favorite player Warrick Dunn have a lot in common. Both are short backs with a lot of power and explosion. If fact, the Lake City native has bench pressed as much as 360 pounds.

He also has other strengths that make him an outstanding running back.

"I have a lot of speed and quickness." he said. "My ability to use my vision and break tackles are also strengths of mine."

Last year, Copeland and several of his teammates attended the Florida State football camp. This year, he and his teammates are considering attending the Nike camp.

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