February 1, 2013

Ohio ATH offered by Spartans

Earlier this week Vayante Copeland of Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, Ohio received a scholarship offered from Michigan State University. SpartanMag.com as able to catch up with Copeland and got some detail on his recruitment.

The Spartan staff has been very busy the last few weeks identifying class of 2014 prospects they intend to actively recruit. Ione of the player the staff has identified as a top priority is the 6-foot-0, 185-pound Copeland. We asked him about his recruitment.

"Recruiting has been going well. I now have offers from Michigan State, Toledo, Bowling green, Ohio University and Eastern Illinois. I have also been hearing from Ohio State some too."

The offer from Michigan State is sure to draw plenty of attention and if the normal course of events take place, Copeland will likely start to see several other BCS level teams jump on board. We asked him about getting the Michigan State offer and what it means.
"It feels good to get offer by them. I have spoken with Coach Dantonio and Coach Barnett. They have said they like as a student and as a person and they like the different roles I play on the field. Getting an offer from them is great because I know other high-level programs will have their eyes on me now too."

Copeland is a dynamic athlete and this past fall he starred don both sides of the ball for Thurgood Marshall High school. He was a 1st Team All-City selection on both offense and defense and he was also named 2nd team All-State. We asked him what position the Spartans is recruiting him at and if he has ever been up to East Lansing.
"They said they are recruiting me as an athlete. They like my ball awareness, my ability to play bump and run as well the fact that I make good decision. I have not been up there, but I plan on visiting real soon."

Michigan State has a very good reputation when it comes to recruiting the Dayton area. Much of that is due to the fact that Coach Harlon Barnett is very familiar with Dayton and has been recruiting it for over a decade. The last Dayton area recruit the Spartans signed was current safety R.J. Williamson. Former Spartan All-American and current Tennessee Titan Javon Ringer was also from Dayton.
Copeland indicated that he is in the early stages of his recruitment, but that does not mean that he could not make a decision prior to his senior year. Like most players it will all come down to finding the right fit and when he feels he has found the right place he will make his decision. As far as what he plans on focusing on, Copeland had the following to say.

"The academics, the location and the football program are the things I am going to consider."

These aspects should not hurt Michigan State chances with Copeland at all. The fact that Dayton is a short drive away and the Spartan have been one of the top teams in the Big Ten under the direction of Mark Dantonio is viewed as positives.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Copeland in the coming weeks. The Michigan State staff will be hosting another Junior Day in the near future and they always invite players up for spring practice and the green and White game. We expect Copeland will learn a lot about what the Spartan program is all about and what the school itself has to offer. To see highlights of Copeland in action from last fall, click the link below.

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