Jayhawk culture luring OL Mac Copeland to Lawrence

Wichita-Collegiate School (Wichita, Kansas) offensive lineman Mac Copeland recapped his spring game visit with the Jayhawks.

Wichita-Collegiate School (Wichita, Kansas) offensive lineman Mac Copeland enjoyed his spring game visit with the Jayhawks Saturday.

“I really liked the family atmosphere of Kansas right now. I like the faces surrounding KU and the culture that coming together there,” he said. “I think they can really do some special things there. I love it. I had a really good time.”

The 6-foot-4, 250 pound 2018 prospect is playing both sides in high school, but believes the Jayhawks have offered him as an offensive lineman — most likely at tackle.

“Probably offensive line,” Copeland said when asked which side of the ball he prefers. “I like the aspect of getting the job done by protecting the quarterback. The offensive line are the game changers. They dictate everything about the game. I like the importance of it and having the opportunity to make the team better.”

Copeland is in a unique situation in the KU vs. Kansas State rivalry. He’s two older brothers have played for the Wildcats, including Mitch, who will be a junior in 2017.

“I grew up around K State being up there all the time, but actually both my mom and dad went to KU at the same time,” Copeland said. “It was a big thing for them to go from Jayhawk fans to Wildcat fans. So it’s a big chance for me right now with KU.

“There’s a lot of talking between KU and Kansas State right now, but KU kind of has the upper hand. They seem really interested in me.”

Copeland has been offered by North Dakota State, South Dakota, Air Force and Kansas.

He feels like he has a good handle on what he’s looking for in a college choice.

“What makes me happiest and where I see myself. It’s the whole family aspect of it and where I’m the most comfortable,” Copeland said. “It’s where I can see getting the best education and where there’s the people I want to be around.”

The spring game visit opened Copeland’s eyes in terms of the culture being built at Kansas under David Beaty.

“I got a chance to talk to other recruits, and really like the vibe and atmosphere,” he said. “It relates well to young people. It’s very different cultures between KU and K State. I feel I relate better to what’s going on at KU.”

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