JuCo linebacker J.B. Copeland signed a National Letter of Intent with North Carolina Wednesday morning.
“I’m really, really excited to finally sign and get that under my belt,” Copeland told IC shortly after sending his NLI to UNC. “I’m really excited to get up there in January. I’m very honored by the opportunity and excited about the situation that I’m going in to.”
Wednesday marked the beginning of the Junior College Signing Period.
Copeland, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker from Navarro (Texas) College, officially visited UNC over the weekend.
Originally a 2014 recruit, Copeland played high school ball at Southlake (Texas) Carroll. Three games into his senior season, he tore his ACL, which deterred most colleges. New Mexico State was the only school that honored its offer and thus he signed with the Aggies. After starting his true freshman year, he left NMSU.
“I felt like I could help a better program – a program that wants to win and has the same mindset as me,” Copeland said. “So about a year ago, I decided to leave and go to Navarro College, play a year and see if I could get a better opportunity.”
Thus, Copeland transferred to Navarro. This past season, he made 116 tackles, five sacks, and forced a fumble.
Pending admissions clearance, Copeland will report to UNC on Jan. 9 and enroll in the spring semester. He’ll have two years of eligibility – plus a red-shirt – remaining.