Don Cope a ball-hawking 5-11, 170-pound defensive back from Blount High School in Maryville, TN, continues to impress college coaches with his skills on both sides of the ball. The feisty corner collected several honors after an outstanding season in which Cope accounted for 65 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and 8 interceptions. Not only does Cope have a knack for making plays on the defensive side of the ball but he also was responsible for 900 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns.
Honors include: All-County selection, All- Region, All-State, and Regional Defensive Back of the Year (all honors were for defense).
The recruiting process has heated up for the talented youngster. Cope has drawn interest from programs such as Conference USA members UAB and Marshall, as well as Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee State, and Louisville. Blount is in the middle of spring football practice, and just recently Ole Miss dropped in to take a look at the exceptional defensive back.
Cope has also been making his way around several different campuses to take in some practices himself. He has visited Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee State, Louisville, and most recently Marshall with former teammate and newly signed Herd football player Kase Whitehead. I asked Cope what he thought about his Marshall experience and he replied, "I really enjoyed myself. It was all very nice. Everyone there is all about Marshall. The town is great and you can tell they love the Herd."
I asked if he had had the opportunity to see the facilities and Cope said "the weight room is really impressive and they have a great stadium."
So how did the Marshall trip rate for Cope? "If I had to rate my experience it would definitely be a 8 or 9 [out of 10]."
This summer Cope plans on attending several different camps—is Marshall one of them? "I am definitely going to camp at Marshall. I will be camping at UAB as well, and possibly Louisville and Middle Tennessee State."
Don Cope reports a 280-pound bench press, 420-pound squat, 4.6 40-yard dash, and 32- inch vertical leap.
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