Copeland quietly picking up offers

At least half a dozen schools have offered J.C. Copeland out of Lagrange (GA) and he thinks a new offers is right around the corner. A couple of visits are behind him and he has a big one coming up this weekend.

"I have visited Georgia and Alabama so far and I liked both of the visits," said J.C. Copeland.

"I visited Georgia first and everything was real nice. I took the tour, I ate in their nice cafeteria, and I talked to the coaches. I talked mostly with Mark Richt and Coach [Rodney] Garner and they were cool. Georgia told me they are interested in me, but they really want to get to know their guys in Georgia before offering them, so they haven't offered yet."

"Over at Alabama I talked to Nick Saban and a couple of their other coaches. They told me that he really liked me and that they would like to have me at Alabama, but I don' think they have offered me yet. I liked the facilities over there and I just want to see if they offer me."

Even though Georgia and Alabama haven't offered Copeland yet, schools like East Carolina, UCF, UAB, Ole Miss, Florida International, and Maryland have.

He is happy about his early options, but he is looking for me. Could offer number seven be around the corner?

This weekend the Troup County star will be taking another trip over to the state of Alabama and he thinks this school may offer.

Could Auburn be next to offer Copeland?
"I am going over to Auburn this Saturday and I think they want to offer me while I am there for Junior Day. I know they like me a lot and I kind of expect them to offer. I am not sure about it yet, but I hear they are going to," said the 6-foot-1, 254 pound athlete.

Copeland is an explosive player with great strength, but his size kind of has him labeled as a tweener by some. He plays defensive end for Bubba Jeter at Troup County and Coach Jeters thinks he could play two positions well on the next level.

"Most schools are offering him as a defensive end now and he is a good one there, but he could also move to linebacker and play WILL (weakside linebacker) or MIKE (middle linebacker) in college," said Coach Jeter.

"I know Alabama likes him a lot and I think they are trying to decide whether to offer him as a linebacker or defensive end. I know he is not as big as most defensive ends, but he is quick off the edge and a very explosive player. I think he could play either position well."

The class of 2010 prospect does not care what he plays. He just wants to get on the field.

"I will play whatever position the school wants me to," Copeland said. "It doesn't matter to me. I just want to get some more offers and I will play anywhere they put me."

Oregon, LSU, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, and UCLA are some schools showing interest in Copeland. He says he is neutral now and not favoring any particular school.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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