Copeland discusses his phone call with Mullen

New Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen started making recruiting calls as soon as he arrived in Gainesville on Monday.

On Monday night one of his first calls was to recently uncommitted receiver Jacob Copeland (6-0, 192, Pensacola, FL. Escambia) who received a nice message and comparison from Mullen.

“Coach Mullen called me and said he wanted me to be one of the first people he talked,” Copeland said. “He said you know I have been up and running around all today. From press conference and things, but I wanted to make sure I reached out to you before anything. We need more play makers like you. I can use you like Percy [Harvin] because I know you know what to do with the ball.”

Copeland has met Mullen before and he’s high praise for the Gators new head coach.

“He’s a legit coach with good background that makes him stands tall over a lot of coaches,” he said on his thoughts on Mullen. “I met him throughout the process and he’s a cool dude to chat with. I took a few visits up to Mississippi State.”

The receiver knows that Florida has some work to do but he believes Mullen is a guy that can fix things in Gainesville with the right pieces.

“It’ll take some work,” Copeland said on Mullen getting Florida back to where it belongs. “ But if he gets the right type of athletes like [Tim] Tebow, Percy and more, things can get real crazy for a lot of schools. He knows how to win.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Alabama and Florida will battle it out for Copeland who isn’t an early enrollee and plans to take official visits. One thing is for sure though and that’s that Copeland likes Mullen. The Gators are also expected to visit Copeland on Friday.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.