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Scout 100 WR Jacob Copeland returns to The Swamp and the Gators remain in the top two with Clemson

Jacob Copeland continues to name Florida as a top two school. The four-star wide receiver has Clemson and Florida on top. The Scout 100 wide out made his return to Gainesville on Friday for the spring game. He discusses what made this visit stand out and more with FightinGators.com.

Two schools continue to battle for Jacob Copeland

"It's Clemson and Florida," said the Scout 100 wide receiver, and it's been those two programs for months. On Friday night, Copeland became reacquainted with one of these programs, Florida. The Pensacola, Fla. native made the trip to Gainesville to watch the Gators in action in the Orange and Blue Debut.  

"Everything was good," said Copeland about his visit. "Everything is always good coming here and coming back to Florida. Ever since  [UF head] coach Mac [ Jim McElwain] offered me, he never showed anything different; it has always been love." 

According to Copeland, it is the loyalty shown by McElwain and his staff that keeps UF in his top two. 

"Thats one thing that sticks out," he explained.  "They talk to me, we communicate on a daily basis. Coach Mac always is showing me love. He has always been the same person. I come here, I feel like home. I walk around like it's my home and like if I'm already here.

"Every time they see me they say 'you know you're a big priority for us," added Copeland. "Mac might be in the middle of something and he will stop what he is doing and he would talk to me and telling me that I'm his biggest priority because I was his first offer when he took the job. I'm going to stay on you getting you to be orange and blue." 

Although the Gators did demonstrate the same level of loyalty they have shown in previous visits, the four-star receiver was also able to see the progress this staff has made on the offensive side of the ball. 

"They have somewhat of a young team, but they are building up. I think in the next couple of years Florida is going to be that team that is going to take off and be in the National Championship game. They keep building and building up. They are working through the process and I'm liking it." 

Copeland was impressed by the receivers during the spring game. 

"I see [Antonio] Callaway and Tyrie [Cleveland," he said.  "Callaway, he hurdled a guy on the sideline. Callaway leaves so they are going to need somebody to step up so. Thats kind of what it has come down to." 

Although Copeland is a receiver, with the quarterback question looking around Gainesville, he was also interested to see how the men under center handle the pressure. 

"I have to look at who they got at quarterback. How the quarterbacks are throwing; what are their percentages; how many times they are throwing the ball in the game, and I see that they are throwing the ball a lot. [Feleipe] Franks he threw the ball real good. I like what Franks did today."

On Saturday Copeland will visit his other top school, Clemson for the Tigers' spring game. 

"Clemson, thats a great team. They got great receivers, they are going to throw the ball," he said. "[Wide receivers] coach [Jeff] Scott, he got a good relationship with me. He keeps it real. He lets me know I'll be a priority, and they aren't just throwing offers out there. Coach Scott came down this past season and I took off with an 85-yard touchdown pass, and ever since, Coach Scott has been on my trail. He really wants me." 

Although Copeland has two schools in mind at the moment, he is not going to commit anytime soon. He says he plans to commit at the UA game.

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