Marianna (FL) High School wide receiver/safety prospect Roderick Copeland may be one prospect in north Florida to keep an eye during the 2013 football season. While the 6-foot-2 and 180-pound receiver doesn’t have any offers Marianna head coach Mark Beach believes he has the talent to be a college football player.
“A lot of schools came through during the spring and told me they want to watch Roderick more this season before making a decision on whether to offer a scholarship or not. Middle Tennessee, Georgia Southern and Alcorn State were the schools that showed the most interest,” said Coach Beach.
Last year Copeland caught 24 passes for 451 yards and nine touchdowns at receiver. He also started at safety on defense. His coach thinks he could learn to play in college although he feels his rising senior is more polished as a receiver.
“He has great ball skills and he can go up vertically at compete for and get to the football unlike most kids can. You can’t coach his ability to go up and the get the football. He is also learning to become more of a leader as he heads into his senior year,” said Coach Beach.
Copeland is an explosive player with a 37 vertical jump and has been clocked in the low 4.5’s in the 40-yard dash according to Coach Beach.
Look for more updates on Roderick Copeland as we roll into pre-season camp in August.