It seems like the fewer the wins for a certain high school the less recruiters want to make the trip to see a certain recruit that could make a big different to their program going forward.
There are too many cases to make where that happens and while I understand coaches not wanting to see a losing product, they may be missing out on one or two big players because of it. That might just be the case for Bonham High School quarterback Kyle Copeland who has all the makings of being a big time quarterback even at the Division-I level.
His height is the first thing that strikes you when you watch his film, but it doesn’t take long to notice the one thing coaches and recruiting coordinators should be salivating over — his arm.
2014 Season Stats: (only played in 2 games)
2015 Season Stats:
4 games played, 48/103 (46.6 completion percentage), 971 yards, 10 TD’s, 242.8 yards per game
40 Time: 4.9
I’ve been a big proponent of telling people to not judge players by what they see on paper and Copeland is no different. At first, his 46 percent completion percentage threw me off until I looked deeper into why it was so low. Take his tough performance against Commerce (6/32) and that number goes from 42 to 59 percent. That’s what happens when nothing seems to be going right and the quarterback tries to take over the game and bring his team back to a win. Forcing passes, trying to thread the needle, or doing everything they can to try and make something happen.
Scouting Report: Pro-style quarterback, pocket passer. Extremely strong arm and puts the ball on a line, doesn’t give the defensive back a chance to make a play on the football. Doesn’t float the ball in, sets his feet on a three to five step drop, will go through his progressions and find an open receiver. Not the fastest quarterback but he doesn’t have to be. He will make a play with his feet but only when the pocket collapses or he can’t find an open receiver to hit with the football. Big, strong quarterback, good under pressure, can buy time to make a throw and can throw on the run with accuracy. Underrated recruit, a player a lot of college teams would love to have.
When you hear of a quarterback with Copeland’s kind of size you also find that they already have more than a few offers, especially with his size and his arm. But, even to my surprise, the senior quarterback is awaiting his first offer. There are a lot of schools who aren’t looking at him because of Bonham’s record last season and their 0-4 start to this season. Copeland isn’t the guy losing games, so why pass on him because of the lack of wins coming for the team itself, especially after his 19/29 362 yard and 4 TD performance against Farmersville on September 18th.
There should be schools coming out of the woodwork, especially after being seen by coaches over the summer during camps with TCU, Michigan, and a Houston Baptist camp run by Nebraska head coach Mike Riley, but one might wonder if they’re waiting to see how he does over the next few weeks before deciding on whether he’s worth a Division-I offer. With all the college football programs having quarterback issues, especially looking west to Fresno State for example, you would think they would be keeping an eye on a player like this.