When you take over a program that hasn’t won a lot, sometimes you have to work outside of the box, and coach David Beaty is doing just that with his latest recruiting move. He secured a commitment from Wichita, KS, offensive lineman Mac Copeland last night. It is an unlikely commitment, since Copeland’s two brothers, Miles and Mitch, played for or currently play for the Jayhawk’s in-state rival, Kansas State.
— Mac Copeland (@Mac_Copeland) April 24, 2017
THE COPELAND FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Rank||Star Rating|
|Mac Copeland||Wichita, KS||OT||102||⭐⭐|
Copeland is the 8th member of a recruiting class that could possibly end up as being the best in Kansas’ program history by the time it is complete. His commitment didn’t change the Jayhawks 16th ranking in the 247Sports class rankings, though he could after the new player ratings are released. Kansas is the only team he lists as having interest from at this point. He doesn’t claim any other offers, though he really doesn’t need them, since Kansas is where he wants to be.
At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Copeland is significantly underweight for a college offensive tackle, and Kansas is under the assumption that he’ll come to Lawrence next summer at 280 or 290. On the field, Copeland is very raw. He’s quick, strong, and has good burst, but he’ll need a lot of coaching with his footwork and his hands. He’s about as under the radar as recruits come, but Kansas thinks they have a gem.