In a new feature from InsideTennessee.com we will be looking at the University of Tennessee commitments through the eyes of their high school or junior college coaches.
Giving all Vol fans an "Inside" look at the commitments of the 2010 recruiting class of the Tennessee Volunteers.
Who knows their players better than their coaches?
In this second edition of our new feature, InsideTennessee.com caught up with Troup County High School Head Football Coach Bubba Jeter to get his thoughts on his standout defensive tackle J.C. Copeland.
According to the Veteran head high school coach, there is one word that best describes Copeland.
"J.C. is the type of player that gives you everything he has on every play," Jeter told InsideTennessee.com. "He is such a competitor and has such a big heart; he is going to make a Tennessee a very special player."
Copeland, a 6-foot-0, 245 pound defensive end, committed to Tennessee earlier in the summer. Since that pledge, several big schools have shown a lot more interest. Has Copeland swayed from his initial pledge?
"Not at all," Jeter said. "He is very solid on his commitment to Tennessee. He really loves their coaching staff. Schools are starting to realize how committed he actually is to the Volunteers."
Copeland and his Troup County High School teammates will open the 2009 season this Friday against Calloway High School. Apparently Copeland turned in an outstanding performance in their scrimmage last week.
"J.C. had a really big scrimmage last week, his performance was unbelievable," Jeter explained. "He had 11 tackles for losses including several sacks. He was definitely on top of his game. He even had a sack for a safety."
Jeter feels that Copeland's work ethic is definitely paying off.
"He was one of hardest workers this summer," Jeter said. "He really got a lot stronger and he is always trying to improve his game."
What does the future hold for Copeland?
"The sky is the limit for him both at this level and at the college level," Jeter said. "He is a great football player but a person on and off the field. He is like a part of my family; he spends a lot of time with us. He has such a tender heart while he is off the field, once that helmet goes on, he is a totally different person."
What are Copeland's strengths on the gridiron?
"It has to be his quickness and power," Jeter explained. "He is so explosive off the line of scrimmage. He is so hard to block. I would hate to know I was a 17 or 18 year lineman and I had to line up and try to block him."
Copeland is a vital part of the Troup County defensive efforts.
"He is so vital to our success," Jeter said. "He is huge defensively for us. He is definitely someone we are looking to lead us, he means so much to us."
Copeland is a three star prospect by Scout.com and is rated as the No. 50 defensive end in the nation.
Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com, we will be keeping up with Copeland's progress each week in our weekly Volunteer Commitment Tracker.