Copeland Updates His Interest In Spartans

Michigan State was one of the first programs to jump on recruiting Dayton (Ohio) defensive back Vayante Copeland. Where do the Spartans stand now with the FOX Sports NEXT four-star corner? has the latest.

Interest continues to rise for Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall defensive back Vayante Copeland.

However, Michigan State remains as one of his top schools and the talented Copeland hopes to be on campus soon.

"I just talked with Coach (Harlon) Barnett a couple days ago," said Copeland. "When they visited my school the last time I had a Michigan State hoodie on and that surprised him because he didn't have the one I was wearing yet."

One thing impressing Copeland about the Spartans is his ability to communicate with head coach Mark Dantonio.

"Right now I'm looking at several schools and things are even," explained Copeland. "But I really like Michigan State because of Coach Dantonio and Coach Barnett. I talk with Coach Dantonio once or twice a week as I call him before school sometimes and tell him thank you for the scholarship offer and for recruiting me."

While football comes up at times during their conversations it's the other things Copeland enjoys talking about with the Spartans head coach.

"We talk about life and how things are going with track," said Copeland. "So I tell him how my day is going and about some of the other things going on."

Dantonio has to be impressed by what he's hearing about Copeland as a track athlete as he continues to have a great season.

"Track is going great," stated Copeland. "Right now I've got the No. 1 time in the 400 for our division with a 49.12. Districts are this Thursday and the finals for the districts this weekend."

When track finishes Copeland will look to make several visits including one to East Lansing.

"Right now I'm looking to go up to Michigan State with one or two of my teammates," said Copeland. "I think we're going to go up for camp but I'm not sure I'll be doing the drills. I might just work with Coach Barnett on my defensive back skills."

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