4-star WR narrows focus to Auburn, Florida

Jeffrey Lee, Senior Editor
Auburn Sports

Jeffrey Lee/AuburnSports.com

AUBURN | Jacob Copeland has narrowed his focus.

The four-star receiver from Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.) feels confident he’ll sign with either Auburn or Florida in February.

“It’s between those two,” Copeland said. “I have a good feel for those two schools.”

Copeland has visited Auburn and Florida several times each, including recent trips to both. He was in Gainesville on Friday and stopped in Auburn on Sunday.

Wide Receiver



RR: 5.8

Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 188.0

Class: 2018


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Copeland’s Auburn visit wasn’t planned, but he was welcomed by the Tigers and wide receivers coach Kodi Burns.

“I called Coach Burns and asked if I could stop by and he told me yes,” Copeland said. “It’s always good to speak with Coach Burns. He’s good people. He’s like a big brother to me. He always keeps it real with me."

Copeland visited Clemson’s spring game on Saturday, so he didn’t get to see Auburn’s new passing game under Chip Lindsey, which was the highlight of the Tigers’ A-Day game.

So Burns showed him the highlights.

“Coach Burns broke it down for me,” Copeland said. “They passed it a lot. He’d already told me they were going to pass the ball a lot this upcoming season, and I saw the proof. They threw for like 300 yards in the first half. That caught my eye right there, and they spread it around to a lot of receivers.”

Copeland’s Auburn visit came on his way home from Clemson. The ACC Tigers, however, are no longer in contention.

“It’s Auburn and Florida,” Copeland said. “I didn’t feel at home at Clemson. I didn’t feel welcomed. But at Auburn and Florida, I always feel welcomed.”

Copeland plans to announce his decision between the Tigers and Gators at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

“That will give me a lot of time to decide between these two schools,” he said.

Copeland plans to return to Auburn June 3 for Big Cat Weekend, the Tigers’ biggest recruiting event of the year.

Rivals ranks Copeland, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 190 pounds, the No. 33 receiver in the 2018 class.


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