Thurgood Marshall’s Copeland visits Ohio State; What did he think?

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Dayton Thurgood Marshall RB/DB Vayante Copeland

Dayton Thurgood Marshall junior Vayante Copeland
had been looking forward to visiting
Ohio State last weekend, and even though Copeland didn’t walk away from
the trip with a scholarship offer he was anything but disappointed with
the visit.


Dayton Thurgood Marshall junior Vayante Copeland
had been looking forward to visiting
Ohio State last weekend, and even though Copeland didn’t walk away from
the trip with a scholarship offer he was anything but disappointed with
the visit.

“It went good,” Copeland said. “I got there (Saturday) morning and watched practice. I liked the spirit. I liked the coaches.”

Before he headed out to watch the Buckeyes’ spring practice
session, the Ohio State staff had some other things planned for
Copeland.

“First I went into a meeting with the defensive backs,” Copeland
said. “Then they took me on a tour around the facilities. After than I
went to practice.”

The 6-foot-1 and 195-pound Copeland got his first taste of
varsity play his freshman year when he intercepted seven passes even
though he was not a full-time starter. After playing “nickel” back his
first year Copeland started at cornerback his sophomore season and
intercepted three more passes.

Copeland rushed for 2,058 yards with 25 touchdowns and intercepted eight passes during his junior season.

“Coach (Kerry) Coombs asked me what position I like,” Copeland
said. “And I talked to coach (Tim) Hinton too. They said they want to
evaluate what position I’ll play at the next level. After they evaluate
they will let me know if they are going to offer. They said right now
they like me a little more on defense.”

Copeland has 13 scholarship offers. His list includes Michigan
State, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Toledo, Ohio University, Akron, Kent
State, Western Michigan, Ball State and Eastern Illinois. But he is in
no hurry to make his college choice and has no problem earning an offer
from Ohio State.

“I guess I’ll go up to their camp and see if I get an offer if they don’t offer me before that,” Copeland said.

Kurelic’s Comment: I did not think the Buckeyes were going
to offer Copeland last weekend, but his visit was a good starting point
for both Ohio State and Copeland, and I expect the mutual interest to
continue through at least June.

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