Being born and raised in the streets of Pensacola, it's never easy and for some athletes such as Emmit Smith, Trent Richerdson, Derrick Brooks and many others football was the only outlet. Jacob Copeland is the #1 wide receiver in the state of Florida and #9 in the country according to 247sports.com and he is currently committed to the University of Florida. Jacob has offers from 30 division schools across the country such as Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, LSU, Miami and others. Although he has all of the scholarship offers any kid would dream of, he is currently 100% committed to the Florida Gators. He plans to take a few official visits this fall.
"After the season I know that I am going to take a few on the west coast, I know i'm going to take 1 to Bama and Florida as my last two." said Copeland.
For Copeland, it's all about relationships and the chemistry he has with the Florida Gator coaching staff. Last Saturday he was in Gainsville as the Gators took on SEC Rival LSU and the visit didn't fail to disappoint.
"It's always good going down there, every time I come down and step on campus it's always love and it feels like I am already on the team. Coach McElwain makes me feel like a priority, the coaching staff makes me feel like a priority so I felt good going down there.
Whatever schools lands Copeland come signing day, you can expect to him to wear the #4 for college. The number 4 is in dedication from his big brother Deiante Elijah Graham who was murdered in Pensacola in 2011. He died from multiple gun shots wounds to his chest.
"Most likely i'm going to take #4 for my brother who died. I'm going to take over his number for him."