The Hurricanes have done it again, this time landing on the top 10 list of two in-state recruits: 5-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland of Pine Forest High (Pensacola, Fla.), and local talent Latavious Brini, a 3-star corner who plays at the Mater Academy (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.).
Looking at both of the prospects, they would be stellar pickups for Mark Richt and his staff. Both are Florida kids that could be huge grabs over rivals like FSU and UF (both of which were featured on Brini's and Copeland's lists).
Brini is a local Miami-area talent, showcasing his skills at Mater Academy. The class of '17 corner measures in at 6'2", and weighs an even 200 lbs. His size and length will prove to be beneficial at the next level
At the corner position, he has the speed to cover the deep ball without getting burned (according to 247sports.com he runs a 4.50 40-yard-dash). His highlight tape is a clear indication of how hard of a hitter he is. Brini also has a great nose for the ball, constantly locating it, getting up and securing the interception. His vertical is impressive.
Much like other recruits in UM's class of 2017, Brini would be a great addition, based on the fact that he is local Miami-area kid. It doesn't hurt to have more local guys in the loaded 2017 class.
On the other side of the ball, there's wide receiver Jacob Copeland, a bonafide 5-star with incredible athletic ability.
The Pensacola prospect measures in at an exact 6'0", and weighs in at 188 lbs. His physique is long and solid, and he has a great frame to absorb hits.
Copeland is a class of '18 prospect, who is a burner, clocking in at 4.44 in the 40. According to 247sports, Copeland is the third best receiver in his class.
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After watching his film, it is easy to see that he is an incredible athlete. He has fluid hips, great vision and burns past would-be defenders. One of the best adjectives to describe Copeland is "slippery" (it may sound odd, but just watch the highlights). He wriggles and works his way of tackles with ease.
He seems to be a complete wide receiver, both a burner and guy who can move the chains. He also has the ability to make big plays running the ball on jet sweep plays. He will not be taken down with an arm tackle.
Things are looking better and better for Miami in terms of recruiting. With prospects like these guys showing interest in the Hurricanes, it is clear that things are going in the right direction for Mark Richt and his team.