Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatricks leads the West's final tight ends list…
USC: Cope-Fitzpatrick's "Best Visit"
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, the tight end from Whitney (Calif.) Rocklin High took his fourth and final visit to USC this weekend. And as he made his way back up the coast, he said he saved the best for last. "It was great. I had a really good time. It was probably the best visit i've been on," he said. "I just felt really comfortable here." The time he spent with the Trojans affirmed his desire to attend school there. It was the only visit his mom went on throughout the entire recruiting process. "She's always liked [USC]. That's the school she wanted for me," he said. The four-star recruit was hosted by quarterback Cody Kessler, and the two established a good bond in a matter of days. "It was great. We hit it off right away, right when we met. I can tell we're going to be buzzing. "Hopefully i can be his roommate so i can get in his head about getting the ball," he said. Cope-Fitzpatrick came in with a slew of questions. And he got practically everything answered. Chatting with current USC tight ends Randall Telfer, Xavier Grimble and Junior Pomee about the position and being a Trojan, he also talked to tight ends coach Justin Mesa four "four hours" about football. "He's a great dude. Probably the most passionate person I've met. A lot like myself, really trying to do great things. I put my trust in him," Cope-Fitzpatrick said of Mesa. After coming off a visit last weekend to Colorado which he really enjoyed, the 6-5, 250-pound athlete said his visit this weekend washed away any doubt. "I had a lot of questions from [the coaching staff]. I wasn't sure SC was right for me but I talked to them for a long time." He said the other recruits, including fellow commits Pio Vatuvei and Jahleel Pinner, also enjoyed their time in Trojanland. "I felt like all the players liked it. If they didn't commit they got something out of it. It's definitely hard to pick other schools over USC," he said. But the limited scholarship numbers make it hard for coaches to pick those players. It's a topic that came up between Cope-Fitzpatrick and head coach Lane Kiffin. "I didn't really know Coach Kiffin well but it was great to find out who he is as a coach and person," he said. "We have a lot of good players on the team. "Having 75 of the best players? I'd take our 75 over anybody else's 85." Cope-Fitzpatrick will have an in-home visit with USC quarterbacks coach Clay Helton on Thursday, where the two plan to talk with Whitney High counselors about a May enrollment date for the tight end.
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