Commitment Spotlight: Vayante Copeland

We look at new Michigan State pledge Vayante Copeland who joined the Spartans 2014 recruiting class with his pledge on Sunday afternoon.

Vayante Copeland
Dayton, Ohio
Thurgood Marshall High School

HT: 5-foot-11 | WT: 180-pounds
FOX Sports NEXT Ranking: #17 Ranked Cornerback | 4-Star
High School Position: Running Back/Receiver/Defensive Back
Projected College Positions: Cornerback/Safety

Offers: Michigan State (Pledge), Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Purdue, Minnesota, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Toledo, West Virginia


Copeland is a major athletic talent who could play on both sides of the ball. With great physical size for his projected position on defense, Copeland is not afraid to hit and is very fluid in his body movements. The Spartans are looking at Copeland as a corner or safety in the future and he should be a player who can come in early and contribute.


One thing many will hold against Copeland is the fact he plays in the Dayton Public League. While the league is not on par with others in the Southwest portion of Ohio, it still has produced much talent over the years including current Spartan R.J. Williamson who played at Dunbar High School.


The first thing that should impress Spartan fans is how Mark Dantonio and Harlon Barnett targeted Copeland early as a top prospect and did the things needed to earn the trust and respect of the future defensive back. Dantonio showing up at school to personally extend the Spartans offer helped in the end as programs like Arkansas, West Virginia, Iowa and Purdue came calling.

Having watched Copeland in multiple games I'm secure in saying he's one of the top prospects I've seen in the region over the past several years. Explosive on both sides of the ball, Copeland is a top athlete and quality person off the field. If he can stay healthy during his career he'll have a chance to take his game to the next level.

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