October 19, 2011

Copelin Talks Commitment

The Houston Cougars continued to piece together their 2012 recruiting class early this week with another commitment from a familiar program. Broken Arrow (OK) defensive back Levi Copelin called the staff Monday night to let them know he was ready to come on board.

"I had a pretty big day today and a big night tonight," said Copelin shortly after making his decision. "I called and committed to Houston tonight."

The versatile athlete has played at cornerback as well as wide receiver and as a return man on special teams for Broken Arrow which is seen as the top team in Oklahoma in the state's top division of football 6A.

"Our team has been doing very good this year," said Copelin. "We lost our third game of the year which was not a district game and other than that we are undefeated so we are doing pretty good right now."

As with has become the case with players who commit to Houston over the Sumlin era, Copelin was in town over the summer to attend one of the Cougars summer camps. He said that experience was part of what led him to commit on Monday night.

"First and foremost when I was able to go down to Houston in the summer for one of their camps I really fell in love with the facilities and the atmosphere there in general," said the 6-foot-2, 170 pound defender. "I felt real welcome there and everyone greeted me and treated me right. I fell in love with the town and the city. Just as important as that, watching Houston and how they do things and how they handle themselves has been big. This is a top 25 team and even though some folks may underestimate them and not talk about them as much, they are a very good team."

Despite living 500 miles from the his future team, Copelin has gone a very effective route to keep up with the Cougars.

"Well, believe it or not every Saturday afternoon I get to sit down and watch Houston play here because we bought the Houston channels here in order to keep up with them."

"I really like that 3-4 defense," added Copelin. "I like the simplicity of it, they line up and are going to come after you. They are going to make you run the ball right at them and they are going to come out and try to stop you. To me it is football at its finest and I am ready to be a part of it."

With Copelin becoming at least the third commitment in as many years for the Cougars and just one of many players they have targeted from the Sooner State it would seem that a pipeline is being built leading south.

"I hope I am just another guy that has opened their eye some more that they can start to look up here in Oklahoma more and find what they are looking for," he said. "In the next couple years there are going to be more athletes coming in, we have some studs on our team now that are young and hopefully when they are seniors they will get recruited by Houston too.

So far this season Copelin has four interceptions for Broken Arrow and returned one for a touchdown. He has also had a kick-off return for a touchdown. They continue their season this Friday at Norman High School.

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