June 27, 2013

Texas LB commits to NMSU

Southlake Carroll High School senior-to-be J.B. Copeland, an outside linebacker, took a few minutes to talk about his verbal commitment to NMSU.

Copeland, who currently checks in at 6'2", 195, is looking forward to coming to NMSU in the fall of 2014.

"Coach Elson came out to our spring practice and liked what he saw. We exchanged email and the recruiting process started there."

"I've never been to Las Cruces but I hear it's nice. It's not too far from home. I'll be paying a visit there in July."

Copeland also sports some impressive size and strength. He's logged a 40-time of 4.48 and can bench press 260-pounds and squat 420-pounds. During his junior year at 5-A Southlake Carroll high school, Copeland was in on ninety tackles, forty-five solo, three interceptions with one of those for a touchdown, all while also racking up eight sacks.

"I've always played at the outside linebacker position", Copeland says. "It's a position I'm comfortable with."

Copeland not only played football in high school but also runs track and participates in the 4-by-1, 4-by-2 and open-200 events.

When asked about what factors weighed in on his decision to commit to NMSU, Copeland shared, "My parents took a large part in decided to sign with NMSU. Being able to play division one football was key. I also really liked coach Elson and the entire coaching staff at NMSU. And we're hoping that within the next few years, NMSU will have a winning program and I want to be a part of that."

Copeland realizes it's not going to be easy. "I have a chance to play right away at the Sam-position (OLB) but I'm going to have to work hard for that. They have two seniors right now so hopefully I can earn my spot on the starting lineup."

Once Copeland arrives at NMSU, his family will become a close part of his college football career. "My parents and grandparents will be flying out to see everyone one of my games", says Copeland.

Copeland is somewhat undecided on a major, but is thinking about Business. He realizes academics is a major part of his decision and will work hard to maintain his 3.4 GPA that he's achieved in high school.

Copeland becomes NMSU's sixth recruit as the Aggies offered him early and he jumped on it. Copeland was also getting interest from La Tech and Ole Miss along with a few Division-II schools.

We'll keep a close eye on J.B. Copeland this fall as he closes out his high school career.


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