Baltimore Lineman Planning Syracuse Visit

Syracuse's football staff continues to focus much of its recruiting attention to the Washinton and Baltimore metro areas, an effort that got a big boost when the Orange hired assistant coach Randy Trivers, a native of Maryland. Trivers recently swung through Balimore, and it appears it'll pay off in the form of a visit from a talented lineman.

"I'm planning on going to Syracuse Saturday [for junior day], it just depends on the weather," said Gilman School junior Brandon Copeland. "Coach Randy Trivers came through my school last week. He seemed like a real good guy and said some really funny things … They really liked my film."

Copeland is a 6-foot-2, 260-pounder who runs a 4.9 40-yard dash. He plays mostly center in high school, but that appears likely to change once he gets to college. But he has a lot of height in his family genes and may not be done growing yet. His grandfather was 6-8 and played professionally for the Baltimore Colts.

"Most schools see me as a defensive tackle because of my height … They say they like my [agility]. One coach said I have good hips. I'm not sure what that means, but I'm pretty sure it's a good thing," he said. "I'm also quick to the ball."

Copeland doesn't hold any offers yet, but has been receiving a healthy dose of attention from schools like Boston College, Penn, UVA and, of course, Syracuse. It's no coincidence that all of those schools have strong academics – Copeland attends an elite private school and boasts a 3.5 GPA. He's like to major in engineering or business and would like to be an entrepreneur.

"I'm looking for great coaches and, like I said, academics. Really that's all I ask," he said. "I want to go to a school where, when I get a degree, that will mean something in the real world, I guess you can say."

Copeland, who also plays basketball and throws the shotput, also plans to visit UVA sometime soon and will plan more visits as he determines which schools are most interested. Louisville, Michigan State and Florida State have sent letters as well. He has no timeframe for making a decision and will likely take official visits during his senior year, unless something blows him away. He'd also like to stay somewhere relatively close to home.

"I don't want to go too far but I think anything close to the East Coast is all right," he said.

One of his coaches at Gilman, Joe Ehrmann, is an SU alum, and Copeland plans on picking his brain for info about SU.

"I'll talk to him and get a feel for it, and of course after I visit, I'll know more about it," he said.

Stay tuned to and for the latest on this emerging defensive-line prospect…

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