Copeland: "I Can Trust Him"

Travares Copeland expected to take his time and go through the process after choosing to transfer from West Virginia, but it took him just one visit to find what he was looking for.

Travares Copeland expected to take his time and go through the process after choosing to transfer from West Virginia, but it took him just one visit to find what he was looking for.

"I was recruited hard before so this was my second time going through it and I knew what I wanted to find in a school," said Copeland. "It wasn't about the name or parties or anything like that, I was looking for a great coaching staff and a place I felt at home. I found that at NC State.

"I really like the school, the facilities are great, and the players were real. I can see myself being there for the next three or four years."

Copeland, who was being recruited by Frisman Jackson, says that interest from NC State was recent. Although he had been recruited by the Dave Doeren and his staff when they were at Northern Illinois, it wasn't that serious.

"Well, I know I got letters from Northern Illinois and I think they offered me, but I wasn't really looking at them," he said. "I had offers from a lot of other schools, bigger schools, and was mainly looking at them.

"Looking back though, if I had got a chance to really know coach Doeren, I might have went there."

It's obvious that Dave Doeren has made a huge impact on Copeland and played a pivotal role in his decision.

"He's real," said Copeland. "I've got this feeling about him... I know I can trust him and he's genuine.

"I remember the first time he talked to me, he told me that he wanted me to go to school there. The next day, he was down here in Florida meeting my grandparents. That meant a lot to me... it showed me that I was important to him."

Copeland, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver, was a star quarterback for Treasure Coast High in Port St. Lucie, Florida when he signed with West Virginia in 2012.

He enrolled at West Virginia last fall and quickly adjusted to the move to wideout, as he played as a true freshman, and made two starts against Kansas State and TCU. Copeland had totaled 10 catches for 55 yards when he decided near the end of the season that he would transfer from West Virginia.

"I left for personal reasons," he stated. "My grandparents are my legal guardians, and I found out during the season that my grandmother was real sick so I had to get closer to home."

He had planned to consider schools like South Florida and Florida Atlantic, but that was prior to his visit to NC State.

What impressed him the most about his trip?

"The coaches," said Copeland. "They are all cool guys and make you feel so comfortable. You get around them and you feel like you're at home.

"I was up there just hanging out and with the players and they all already seem cool with the coaches... joking around and being themselves. I just got that vibe I was looking for."

"It all starts with coach Doeren," he added. "I can tell he's a players coach. He knows how to treat you and you get that sense you can trust him. Just being around him and the other coaches, I knew it was the place I wanted to spend the next three or four years."

Prior to leaving he was able to talk with the offensive staff about his potential role.

"The coaches at North Carolina State told me they are going to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers on offense, and they think I can be one of those guys."

Copeland wasn't able to enroll in January because he received his transcripts from West Virginia late.

He has now signed scholarship papers with NC State, and the plan is for him to enroll in May. Right now he is expected to sit out the 2013 season and have three years of eligibility remaining, but he plans on filing a waiver that could potentially allow him to play this season.

"I think I have a good chance at it," he said. "Because of when I left West Virginia and why I left West Virginia... I think I can maybe get the waiver."

"Travares is really a dynamic athlete and also a very good return man," said Doeren on Signing Day. "Some of the things he does in space is pretty special.

"I think Travares Copeland can do just about anything we ask him to do and he's a guy that can do things in the slot."


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