Copeland likes the new energy around the Florida Gators program

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen has made receiver Jacob Copeland (6-0, 192, Pensacola, FL. Escambia) a priority since he arrived in Gainesville in December.

This weekend all that hard work paid off as the Gators hosted Copeland on an official visit as the receiver wanted to see the new changes.

“It was great being around the players and staff,” Copeland said of his official visit to Florida. “It was good being back in Gainesville to get a glance on how things are changing.”

Copeland was impressed by the energy under Mullen and he likes the direction the Gators are heading.

“My purpose of going to visit was to check out the new environment with the coaching staff and the players,” he said. “I enjoyed the time I was there. Everything was good, Coach Mullen made it feel good to be around him. I caught good vibes. Coach G [Billy Gonzales] also.”

One of the things that Copeland noticed was how close the players are to one another and also how Mullen likes for the players to compete.

“It’s more and competition going on with the program,” Copeland said of the difference under this coaching staff.

While on campus, Mullen made a promise to Copeland about how the Gators coach will help him be successful in life.

“If you was to come here I promise you I’ll give you every resource to help you do what you want to do in life,” he said. “He said you will have all the support you need to get there from not just me but the staff and the rest of the Gator Nation family.”

The Gators have long been one of Copeland’s top schools and he explained why that’s the case.

“It’s one of those you can’t go wrong at,” Copeland said on why Florida is a top option for him. “They’ve made me feel like a priority since they got there.”

Now that Copeland is done with official visits, he says he will choose between four schools on ESPN on Wednesday.

“Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida State,” he said on who he will choose form on signing day. “I’m looking to just have the opportunity to make an early impact.”

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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, 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.