Hawks Offer Copeland

Vayante Copeland is looking to narrow down his list of prospective schools in hopes of making an end-of-summer commitment. Iowa jumped into the mix with an offer on Monday. The Ohio DB talks about the Hawkeyes' opportunity and what it means to his recruitment in this premium story.

Iowa might be a little late to the party but the Hawkeyes could get the last dance.

Assistant Brian Ferentz called Ohio defensive back Vayante Copeland Monday morning. Despite the Dayton product recently cutting his list of prospective schools down to six, Iowa appeared to make enough of an impression on him to elicit consideration.

"I will look at them because they have a good reputation in Ohio and with defensive backs," the 5-foot-11, 187-pound Copeland said.

Scout.com ranks Copeland as a four-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service lists the Thurgood Marshall High senior-to-be as the 17th best cornerback nationally in the 2014 Class.

"Iowa has been recruiting me for a couple of months," Copeland said. "They're recruiting me as a defensive back, either safety or corner."

At the end of last month, Copeland trimmed his list to six schools. On Sunday, he told Scout.com's Bill Greene in this story published Monday that his Top 3 were West Virginia, Louisville and Michigan State.

Copeland told Greene that he was visiting West Virginia next Friday and Louisville and Michigan State later in the month. He gave Hawkeye Insider odds on if he'll add the Hawkeyes to his tour.

"I'd say there's a 75 percent chance that I visit Iowa," he said. "I'm going to leave my choices open so I can visit some schools and decide."

Copeland camped at Ohio State on Sunday but left Columbus without an offer. He told Greene he would be back there next month to try to earn a Buckeye opportunity.

Copeland reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. He's looking to study business management or sports training in college and has an idea of when he will commit to a school.

"It's going to be before the football season starts," he said.


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