By: Tim Whelan Jr., USA TODAY High School Sports | February 7, 2018
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.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) February 7, 2018
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.
Throughout this entire recruiting process I never been as stressed as I am now. I cried and cried all last night about God leading me in the right directions. Now I don’t have over much as a day to decide on a school that’ll change my future after football. 😔
— Jacob Copeland 🇭🇹 (@JCope1era) February 6, 2018
After visiting Tennessee in December, Copeland followed that with trips to Texas A&M, Alabama and finally Gainesville over the past few weeks.