Jacob Copeland Commits To Florida Mom Walks Out. National Signing Day is supposed to be an overwhelmingly joyous occasion for the parents of recruits. It’s the summation of a process years in the making and a guarantee that their son will play football and go to college for free. Someone forgot to tell Jacob Copeland’s mother that. Copeland, a four-star wide receiver, committed to Florida over Tennessee and Alabama on Wednesday in one of the more bizarre manners you’ll see. He was sitting at a table with multiple people around him, some of whom were wearing Alabama sweatshirts. The man directly behind him was wearing a Tennessee windbreaker hat and his mother, who was one of the people wearing an Alabama sweatshirt, also had a Tennessee beanie on. Notably, no one was wearing Florida gear. When Copeland put on the Florida hat, his mom got up and left without saying a word. The ESPN announcing crew then put Copeland on the spot by asking him who the person who left is. Credit to Copeland for answering the question straightforwardly; he told them that it’s his mother and that he didn’t know why she left, but that he felt good about his decision.
Wow!!! Come on parents, it’s the kids decision. He’s the one that has to attend the school, and play the sport!! Sheesh!!
— Craig Freeman (@freeman_craig) February 7, 2018
As a parent of a student athlete the athletes “NEED” to choose the right college that would be the best fit for them. They are the ones that have to spend the next 4-5 years at the school.. #shameonhismom
— Danielle (@thatgirldannib) February 7, 2018
Dawg you can see the hurt all in his eyes he held his composure good ?
— DH ² (@DwayneHoltonJr) February 7, 2018