Gilman School (Md.) lineman Brandon Copeland is familiar with Syracuse, on and off the field…
Copeland Feels Breakout Year Coming
Baltimore, Md., native Brandon Copeland made the most of his offseason, going out to camps and combines to show his talent to people in the recruiting business. The schools recruiting him have changed vastly since then and the 6-foot-2, 254-pound defensive tackle talked about that with Scout.com on Thursday. "I have been talking to Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and a lot of Division I-AA programs recently," Copeland explained. "I can't explain it, but I just feel completely different going into this season as I did last year, so I really think I'm going to have a breakout year and open some peoples' eyes." "I talked to the coaches at Louisville last week and they said to send them my first three game films," Copeland said. "They said they liked my film, but just need a bit more to make a final evaluation. I went down for junior day and thought the staff, facilities and campus were all great." "My communication with Pittsburgh is mostly by email right now and the coaching staff has told me to get up for a game this year. I don't know much about them, so I'm excited to visit and learn more as I hear plenty of good things about the program and coaching staff." "I really like the coaching staff at Syracuse a lot," Copeland stated. "I camped up there and really enjoyed myself. The facilities there were nice and I know I'd be receiving an excellent education. I'll definitely be going up for a game or two this season and hope to get an offer soon." Copeland registered 18 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in only two games at defensive tackle as a junior. He played the other seven games strictly on the offensive line. He current carries a 3.4 core GPA and took the SAT in January of 2008. He squats 500 pounds and benches 270 pounds.
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