The Florida Gators have been very successful in getting prospects on campus this offseason, with those prospects ranging over multiple classes.
One 2018 prospect that has visited Florida this offseason is athlete Jacob Copeland (6-1, 188, Pensacola, FL Pine Forest), who speaks with receivers coach Kerry Dixon a lot.
“I talk to Coach Dixon and Florida a lot,” Copeland said. “I think Coach Dixon, he’s a pretty good dude. He talks to me and tells me that if I come in and work hard that I can get a position at the wide out spot.”
When Copeland visited Gainesville earlier this offseason he got a better feel for how Jim McElwain wants his offense to look and how the receiver would fit in there.
“I feel like I fit in good with the offense they’re running there,” he said. “I feel they’re a passing offense so I would fit in good with the program. I like the operation of how everything went on game day there when I visited.”
Copeland says that not only does he speak with Dixon but he also speaks to his area recruiter and he remembers the first thing that coach told him this past summer.
“I talked to Coach Dixon and to Coach Mike Summers because he recruits my area,” Copeland said. “When I went down there this summer Coach Summers told me that they’ve never seen a sophomore 2018 prospect stand out like I did. He said that he likes the way I play the game.”
The receiver hasn’t been to a spring practice yet but he plans to do that soon if he can get a ride down to Gainesville.
“I plan to visit either for a spring practice or this summer,” Copeland said. “I might go down there and visit for the spring game but I don’t have any plans for that yet.”
Right now two SEC teams are starting to stand out for the big play 2018 receiver as he enters his junior year next year.
“Florida and Mississippi State are standing out to me right now,” he said. “They’re recruiting me the hardest of all the schools right now. They’re talking me up more than the other schools are.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Florida is in good shape for the 2018 receiver as the Gators have really recruited him hard since last summer. Copeland is one of the top receivers in the state for 2018 and has a good frame to get better.