Four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland committed to Florida on National Signing Day. He picked the Florida Gators over offers from Alabama and Tennessee.
However, Copeland’s mom left the ceremony as soon as he committed. She was wearing an Alabama hoodie and apparently really wanted him to pick either Alabama or Tennessee, whose hat she was wearing.
Jacob Copeland chooses Florida.
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) February 7, 2018
“I can’t go with my mom,” Copeland told ESPN. “I gotta go with my heart.”
Copeland’s mom returned later and embraced her son:
Mom came back… pic.twitter.com/VNKrVdDiue
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 7, 2018
Copeland appeared to be stressed out during his recruitment:
Copeland isn’t the first recruit in recent years to defy his mother during a commitment ceremony. Former Alabama safety Landon Collins did it a few years ago:
Copeland’s a really good player.
Copeland who is from Pensacola, FLA is a blue chip prospect and currently ranks as one of 2018 top 10 receiving recruits and is #14 in the state of Florida overall. He said at Nike’s regional camp that Clemsons OC Jeff Scott compared him to Sammy Watkins type.
Clemson, Florida, and Auburn were his biggest standout colleges earlier in the cycle, with Alabama emerging down the stretch as a threat.
He was, for a time, committed to Florida before the Gators’ coaching change forced him to go a different way. Tennessee came in as a late suitor and once Jeremy Pruitt got hired, secured a visit in mid-December.