April 10, 2013

Ohio speedster plans to visit MSU

One of the top players in Ohio for the class of 2014 is Vayante Copeland of Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-0, 191-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment.

Back in late January Michigan State became the first BCS team to offer Copeland a scholarship. It did not take long for other schools to follow suit and Copeland now holds double-digit offers (13) from schools such as West Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois and Cincinnati. Rivals.com rates Copeland as a 3-star recruit and the #50 running back in the nation for the class of 2014.

SpartanMag.com spoke with Copeland recently and got the latest news on his recruitment.

"It is going great," Copeland said. "I just went to Ohio State for a visit. I hope to get up to East Lansing soon; I just need to speak with Coach Barnett."

The visit to Ohio State allowed Copeland to learn more about the program and it is safe to say that the Buckeyes are the team to beat if they extend him a scholarship.

"Yes, I grew up a fan of them," Copeland said. "They said they want to see me in person and see how I might best suit them."

As far as Michigan State goes, the Spartans see Copeland as a player that could play multiple positions. Obviously he has the talent to play running back, but he also could play in the secondary as well as make an impact on special teams. His versatility is why Coach Dantonio decided to offer him before any other BCS teams.

As far as what Copeland is looking for in a school and when he plans on making his college choice, Copeland offered the following.

"I will probably make my verbal before the start of my season. I am looking for a school where I get along with the coaches and the players. I also want a school with a winning tradition and somewhere where I have an opportunity to get early playing time."

Michigan State has a solid reputation ion the Dayton area when it comes to attracting high-level players. Former All-American running back Javon Ringer was from Dayton and current safety R.J. Williamson is also from "Gem City". Coach Harlon Barnett serves as the primary recruiter of Dayton for Michigan State.

As far as his future plans, Copeland is now focused on his off-season training and track. Copeland is an outstanding runner and is looking to win the state championship in the 4x400 later this spring. His personal best in the 400-meters is 49.4 seconds.

It is very likely that the Michigan State staff will invite Copeland up to campus during the camp week. That way he will not only be able to see the University, but also work with his potential position coach as well. The Spartans will be holding camp in mid-June which is after Copeland track season is complete.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Copeland in the coming weeks. As we have stated, the Spartans are looking to add a speedy play-maker to this class and Copeland is one of a select few players that have a Michigan State scholarship. We expect that somebody will jump on the opportunity to join the Green and White before the Spartans kick it off this fall.


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