Copeland still committed to the Vols

Taking an official visit without visiting the school's head coach is something a little different. For Georgia defensive lineman J.C. Copeland, not getting a chance to meet the Vols new head coach Derek Dooley was different, but OK. Go "Inside" to get the latest on Copeland's recruitment.

Taking an official visit without visiting the school's head coach is something a little different.

For Georgia defensive lineman J.C. Copeland, not getting a chance to meet the Vols new head coach Derek Dooley was different, but OK.

Tennessee has appealed to the NCAA asking for a waiver to be able to have more official visits allowed, due to the previous staff already using 75 percent of their visits. During the appeal process, Dooley is unable to meet with prospects.

"I had a good visit," Copeland told InsideTennessee.com. "I didn't get to meet the new coach, but I heard a lot of good things about him from the current members of the team."

While Copeland didn't get the chance to meet the new coach, Tennessee set up a time for Dooley to meet Copeland this week.

"He is supposed to come down and see me either Monday or Tuesday," Copeland explained. "All the players really like him."

According to Copeland, it's the University of Tennessee he made his pledge to, not a certain coaching staff.

"You never know when a coach is going to decide to leave or get fired," Copeland said. "You have to pick a school that you comfortable with. That's the way I feel about Tennessee, I fell in love with the school and the place."

Copeland also loved the fan base and the game day atmosphere at Rocky Top.

"The fans are incredible," Copeland said. "They really support their team. I love that."

The visit reaffirmed Copeland's pledge to the Vols.

"I love it at Tennessee," Copeland said. "I'm definitely still committed to the Vols. I'm still going to take a couple of more visits, one to South Florida and one Texas A&M."

Copeland is a three-star prospect by Scout.com and is expected to play either defensive end or tackle for the Vols.


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