3-Star UT Commit Looking at USF

Two ways to describe Troup County's defensive lineman J.C. Copeland, are quick and explosive. He committed to Tennessee back in May, but is weighing his options and is looking at setting a visit with USF. Read on for all the details. Stay informed with USFNation.com

The Bulls are looking far and wide for quality defensive lineman, and one player they're looking at is J.C. Copeland from Troup County H.S. (GA), a school loaded with D-I prospects including FB Brandon Worle (LSU commit) and DB Cadarious Sanders (South Carolina). USF got a commitment two years ago there from defensive tackle Cory Grissom and now the Bulls are trying to persuade his former teammate to head to Tampa as well.

Copeland is listed as a defensive end, but said he plays defensive tackle and all over the d-line. As a junior the 3-star DL had 58 tackles, 12 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss, and is putting up big numbers this year as well.

"I don't know how many total tackles I got, but I have 20 sacks, one forced fumble, and a whole bunch of tackles for a loss," said Copeland

He may not have the size of a traditional defensive lineman, standing just over 6 feet, and weighing in at 265 pounds, but schools love how he gets after it on the football field, and describe Copeland as quick and explosive.

"I use my speed, and quickness to my advantage, and I'm well conditioned," said Copeland. "By the middle of the game they be tired, and I use my burst and power to go right through them."

Copeland garnered a lot of interest and committed to Tennessee back in May over offers from South Carolina, Ole Miss, South Florida, Louisville, Maryland and Duke among others, but is now listed as a soft verbal.

"I'm still committed to Tennessee but I'm weighing my options out right now. I have a lot of options and am looking around," said Copeland.

J.C. said one of the schools he's talking to the most is South Florida. He speaks with coach McGeoghan, and defensive line coach Kevin Patrick stopped in last week. He said the bulls have been recruiting him for two and a half years and he's friendly with Cory Grissom. "You mean Pork chop?" Yeah me and him are good friends," said Copeland. ‘He tells me a lot of good things about what they're doing down there."

"I know they just got started not too long ago and are trying to build it up to one of the top programs in the nation.

The Bulls defensive efforts are paying dividends and J.C took notice of what they are doing on the field, especially against FSU.

"I saw them play FSU, and what they did was shocking," said Copeland. "That whole d-line was creating a lot of pressure. I was impressed with their rotation and what they did."

Copeland says besides a trip to Tennessee he plans on taking a few others after his season.

"Right now I plan on taking visits to South Florida and Alabama for right now," said Copeland. "We haven't set the dates yet, but I'm looking at taking official visits after my season is done."

J.C. said right now he's concentrating on finishing his season, "I want to try to break some records, and get to the state championship. Right now they want me to play in the Under Armor Game."

Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Copeland's visit schedule and the rest of USF's recruiting class.

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