Linebacker, Class of 2023
Appomattox County, Appomattox, VA
This week, Appomattox County (Va.) linebacker Tavorian Copeland is busy at the region’s annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp, but his mind was a little preoccupied.
Yesterday, Copeland alleviated much of what was on his mind: a commitment to Virginia Tech. He made the announcement late yesterday morning via social media. For Copeland, it wasn’t a decision he’d debated long.
“Honestly, it was the coaching staff and the players,” he said of why he chose the Hokies. “They were really accepting easily, and I thought I was part of the family once I went up there. I’ve known for probably a month, really. I was shooting for July 4, but I was really excited. I couldn’t hold the news, so I just went for it.”
Defensive coordinator Chris Marve and assistant coach Shawn Quinn both led Virginia Tech’s recruitment efforts. Copeland said they factored heavily into his decision.
“They’re like my best friends,” Copeland said. “We talk every day. They’ve been really good at showing me love. I hadn’t experienced that much love from any other school like them. I received over 30 letters for my birthday, and they talk to me all the time. I went there for a seven-on-seven with my high school team and it was just love from them.”
Copeland said he’d considered Virginia and Richmond, but a few factors with the Hokies especially won him over.
“Looking at my position and having Coach Pry being a linebacker guru, then Coach Marve playing under Coach Pry, realistically I don’t think I could have gotten a better opportunity,” he said. “They had what I was looking for.”
Copeland officially visited Virginia Tech June 10, his lone official visit anywhere. On that trip, as well as through other conversations, he said he and the coaches discussed how he could fit in on the Hokies’ defense.
Copeland said he plans to graduate in May and will arrive in Blacksburg for classes early next summer. This fall, he said he has one primary objective to ready himself for the college level.
“I definitely need to start working on my size,” Copeland said. “That’s my big thing. I just want a (state championship) ring in high school. That’s what I want to leave with. They’re really not pushing for my size. I just think I need size so I can be ready. Me being my size now, I think I’d be prone to more injuries. I need to be bigger so I can take more of the heavy load.”
As of now, Copeland said he doesn’t plan to return to Virginia Tech until its first home game, in September against Boston College. He said he hasn’t decided between biochemistry and biology as his major, though he wants to go into pre-medicine.
Over the next few months, Copeland said he wants to recruit others to join him, and he has one major pitch for any players interested in the Hokies.
“I just want people who have an offer from Tech to really look into it,” Copeland said. “Me personally, I think Tech is the best school in the nation.”
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