Thurgood Marshall junior RB/DB favors Michigan State

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Dayton Thurgood Marshall RB/DB Vayante Copeland

Michigan State has had recent recruiting success in Dayton, from Roger Williamson to Javon Ringer in football to Adreian Payne
and Travis Trice in basketball. It’s not a trend that figures to end
soon.


Michigan State has had recent recruiting success in Dayton, from Roger Williamson to Javon Ringer in football to Adreian Payne
and Travis Trice in basketball. It’s not a trend that figures to end
soon.

Dayton Thurgood Marshall Class of 2014 football prospect Vayante Copeland was offered by the Spartans a little over a month ago and it made quite an impact.

“I almost cried, honestly, when I found out that Michigan State
had offered me,” Copeland said. “Michigan State was my first big offer.”

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Copeland also has offers from Toledo,
Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota. The
Spartans are recruiting Copeland as a cornerback.

“I’m a very versatile cornerback or running back and most people
call me a playmaker,” Copeland said. “Michigan State, Minnesota and
Cincinnati are my early favorites. Michigan State stands out because I
don’t know what other schools have for me. I’ll know more after the dead
period.”

Copeland is currently running indoor track but is making plans for after the season.

“I’m visiting Michigan State sometime in the spring,” Copeland
said. “I’m going to up there with my coach and probably two or three of
my teammates.”

As a junior, Copeland rushed for 2,058 yards and 24 touchdowns
and added six touchdown receptions. On defense, he had seven
interceptions. He plans to make a commitment before trying to top those
numbers.

“Maybe before football season starts,” Copeland said. “So I can be 100-percent focused on my senior year.”

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