Options Presenting Themselves For Copeland
"I have offers right now from Alabama State, Bowie State, Virginia Union, Loch Haven and Miles College (Alabama)," Copeland told JCFootball.com recently. "I'm not really hearing from any other schools. My goal was to play D-1 clsoer to home. I want to be near my family.
"I recently visited Bowie State because I live 40 minutes from there and that's the only school I have been too. That's why it's been tough. A lot of schools need me to commit and I would love to but this is a big time decision, so I wanna know what I'm getting into as far as all aspects of the school."
As a true freshman this past fall, Copeland manned the nose tackle spot for Hudson Valley, finishing second on the team with 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss and three forced fumbles.
"I originally was suppose to play the three-tech but our nose didn't come back and we got in a D-1 bounce-back to play the three," Copeland noted. "I got double teamed just about every play this season and I played about 98 percent of all the defensive snaps this past year.
"For me, I believe my best quality on the field is my 'never give up attitude'. For me the physical is easy. I am strong, I am big, I am fast, but the mental is the key, most people fail mentally in this game."
As a prep at Overlea High School in Baltimore, Maryland, Copeland went unnoticed, so he opted to go the JC route in order to continue playing the game he loves as well as getting his academics where they need to be.
"My grades were ok not the best, but the real thing was my (high school) coach had gotten another position and I really didn't know what to do after that," Copeland recalled. "I had no help nd really didn't know about recruiting or JUCO and I had a stack of letters from some pretty goods schools so I just gave up.
"I didn't know what to do with these letters and felt like I wasn't good enough."
As far as where he wound up among the various JUCO programs he could choose from, Copeland said it was an easy choice.
"Honestly Hudson Valley was the only program that gave me a chance to prove myself," Copeland noted. "I talked to so many schools -- Nassau, Louisburg, Monroe, ASA, Dean, Erie, Lackawanna -- but none of them gave me a chance. I even went up to a couple of schools to talk to the coaches and got turned away."
Copeland only took part time classes early on when he enrolled, so he saved himself a year of eligibility.
He is on pace to finish up his AA this summer. He hopes to make a decision in the next few weeks and he will have four years to play three starting this fall.
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