Signing Day has come and gone, and the Missouri staff is still competing for one 2012 prospect. But this is an internal competition, as Missouri's offensive and defensive coaches haven't decided on which side of the ball 2012 signee, DB/WR Levi Copelin 6'2" 180 4.38 Broken Arrow (OK), will play.
Copelin was a two-way star for the top team in Oklahoma's top division of Class 6A football. He was a First-Team All-State defensive back and wide receiver, as well as a top return man. Copelin was named the Oklahoma 6A-3 Offensive Player of the Year. As a senior, playing for Coach Steve Spavital, he led the state of Oklahoma with 8 interceptions, three which he returned for TDs, and he also blocked 4 kicks, while also returning 2 kickoffs and 2 punts for TDs. In addition, Copelin had 31 receptions for 647 yards and 7 TDs.
In track, Copelin finished second in the state in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Copelin plans to major in Kinesiology or Sports Psychology at Missouri. His parents are Rod and Lisa Copelin.
Missouri Assistant Coach Josh Henson talked about Copelin.
"Levi (Copelin) has great speed," said Coach Henson. "From a receiver standpoint, he can flip the field and get behind people. And from a defensive standpoint, he's got catch-up speed, on the corner, or at safety………………………………………….. We don't know yet where he's going to play. In our staff meetings, he's got both sides of the ball wanting him, fighting over him."
"Levi (Copelin) is a great kid, and he comes from a great family," continued Coach Henson. "His coaches say that he's the best competitor that they've ever coached. He's every play in practice. That's one of the things about him that is exciting to me, that he'll bring that competitive edge to our team."
JP ‘s Take: Everything I have heard about Levi Copelin from down Oklahoma way is that he is an elite prospect who got lost in the shuffle because of academic concerns which he resolved. His elite 4.38 speed is reason for any coach to be happy. Even better is that fact that he has very good football skills for which he knows how to use that speed. I personally like the prospect of him and his speed and athleticism on defense. While he looks like he would be a capable receiver prospect for the Tigers, I think he shows a little more natural ability on the defensive side of the ball. He can cover a lot of ground, has good ball skills and like the physical contact, not being shy about hitting. I think he could warrant a look at cornerback.
Levi Copelin's Senior Highlights