Four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland is remaining in his home state, choosing to attend Florida.
The 6-foot, 192-pound prospect out of Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.) announced the decision at a ceremony at his school that aired on ESPN2.
Copeland, the No. 66 player in the USA TODAY High School Football Composite Football Player Rankings and the top receiver prospect in a state rich with talent, chose the Gators over Alabama and Tennessee.
In a strange turn of events, after Copeland donned a Florida hat, his mother who was dressed in an Alabama sweatshirt and a Tennessee winter hat got up and left the moment her son made the decision.
UPDATE: Copeland’s mom returned minutes later and gave her son a hug.
As evidenced by his emotions after on Wednesday, this was far from an easy decision for Copeland. He tweeted his thoughts on the process Tuesday night.
After visiting Tennessee in December, Copeland followed that with trips to Texas A&M, Alabama and finally Gainesville over the past few weeks.