Dan Mullen praises new signee Jacob Copeland’s decision process: ‘This is where his heart wants him to be’


Jacob Copeland had one of the most memorable commitment moments from National Signing Day earlier this week when he chose the Florida Gators hat, only to watch his mother get right up and walk completely of the stage.

But before Signing Day Copeland had shed light on the stresses and struggles he was going through in the process to come a college decision, tweeting he had been crying and praying as he went back and forth on the right choice for his future.

Now after signing with the Gators, Copeland’s future head coach Dan Mullen is trying to help shift the narrative from what Copeland’s mother did after his announcement to the fact that Copeland really reached into himself to come to the decision he thought was best for him.

“The greatest thing I saw in that whole deal was a young guy that said, ‘I prayed, I cried, I went through everything, and my heart told me where I wanted to go to school. I did this because this is where I want to be,'” Mullen said during an ESPNU Radio appearance on Friday afternoon. “That to me shows what an emotional decision that can be for kids sometimes.”

RELATED: Jacob Copeland tweets about his mom leaving the set after his commitment

You can listen to Mullen’s full remarks on Copeland below:

Was @GatorsFB HC @CoachDanMullen concerned when new signee Jacob Copeland's mother left the table after he decided to sign with #Florida? Mullen explained when he joined @Andy_Staples pic.twitter.com/ngTUYsbZX7

— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) February 9, 2018

“I was happy he’s going to come play for us,” Mullen said. “But more importantly, I’m happy that he really, this is where his heart wants him to be and that’s the reason he’s coming to be a Florida Gator.”

RELATED: Dan Mullen explains process that led to Jacob Copeland’s commitment Gators

The post Dan Mullen praises new signee Jacob Copeland’s decision process: ‘This is where his heart wants him to be’ appeared first on SEC Country.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

With Graham’s death, Tebow will become nation's most influential Christian
With Graham’s death, Tebow will become nation's most influential Christian

With the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, I believe Tim Tebow will someday become the most influential Christian leader in our country. Like Graham, Tebow has the incredible charisma to inspire the masses, the impeccable character to avoid scandal and the uncanny political ability to be beloved and respected by both Republicans and Democrats alike....
Olympic cross country skiers eat 8,000 calories a day 
Olympic cross country skiers eat 8,000 calories a day 

For cross-country skier Martin Moeller, the biggest challenges of his sport are not the freezing cold, the hundreds of hours of training or the grueling toll of competition. It’s eating. And eating. And eating again. “I actually do get tired of eating,” said Moeller, who lives in Greenland and skis for Denmark at the Olympics. &ldquo...
Spring practice will mark beginning of Arkansas’ starting quarterback race
Spring practice will mark beginning of Arkansas’ starting quarterback race

Arkansas football is set to begin its first spring workouts this week under coach Chad Morris. The Razorbacks are scheduled to practice 14 times between March 1 and April 9, though another date could be added, with the NCAA allowing up to 15 practices. The spring game will be played April 7 at War Memorial Stadium...
Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds
Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Big Ten Tournament 2018 starts on Wednesday, February 28. Find a bracket, schedule and seeds below as it gets updated and finalized. All 14 Big Ten teams make the conference tournament, which goes until Sunday, March 4. All games will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The top four teams receive a double-bye...
Tennessee football offensive lineman Trey Smith dealing with medical issue
Tennessee football offensive lineman Trey Smith dealing with medical issue

More Stories