In hopes of bolstering their defensive line the USF staff brought in J.C. Copeland, a three-star defensive end from Troup County, GA. Copeland committed to Tennessee early in the process, and took his first official visit to Knoxville two weeks ago, and go to see Tampa this weekend for the first time.
"It went pretty good," said Copeland."Everything was real cool to me.""We went and saw the stadium, toured the campus and the facilities and everything," said Copeland. "We went on a boat cruise, went to Bush Gardens and had all you can eat chicken and fish and got full. We did a bunch of fun stuff and ate a lot all weekend."
J.C. made the trip with his mother and the pair drove down early on Friday.
"My mom really liked it," said J.C. "She like it a lot, and didn't know how it would be before we went down there.
Copeland didn't have a roommate for the weekend and was hosted by a former teammate Cory Grissom, a defensive tackle that plays for the Bulls. He also got to hang out with several players.
"Hanging with Cory, that was a lot of fun," said J.C. "We caught up on old times and stuff we did in high school, and about USF. It was a good time."
"I hung out with JuJu (Forte) and a bunch of players. JuJu was real cool and very nice."
He also got to hang out with the other recruits that were in on their official visits.
The defensive standout also got to meet USF's new Head Coach Skip Holtz and liked what he saw.
"He's a pretty funny guy, I liked him," said Copeland. "Coach Holtz told me if I come here and get away, I'd be happy, and he'd be happy to have me," said J.C. "He also said do I want to be on something already built or be part of something that is being built. Be part of something special."
Copeland and his mom had never been to Tampa or seen the USF campus, but were impressed with what they saw and the team atmosphere.
"The campus and the facilities were real nice, very nice," said Copeland. "All the players are cool and a most of them are young. They said how they are on the rise and this was and up and coming program and I should be there. They got a young quarterback and big things are in store."
"That's what stood out to me the most. The players and how they were."
J.C. said a lot of positive things about his weekend, and said he was still committed to Tennessee, but was the trip good enough to change is commitment?
"I'm considering it right now a matter of fact," said Copeland. "I'm still committed and I'm going to wait and think things over before I make any final decision. After visiting USF it made me consider them more."
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