PENSACOLA, Florida — Jacob Copeland’s mother didn’t seem all that thrilled with his college decision.
Copeland, a wide receiver from Pensacola, Florida, was surrounded on national signing day Wednesday by several people, most of whom were either wearing Alabama gear or Tennessee gear. Seated to his right was his mother, wearing an Alabama sweatshirt and a Tennessee knit hat.
As soon as Copeland grabbed a Florida hat and announced he would play for the Gators rather than Alabama or Tennessee, Copeland’s mother left the table.
Copeland says that he felt most welcome at Florida among his three finalists, adding “I couldn’t go with my mom, I wanted to go with my heart.”
It seems mom was able to pull herself together following the shock of her son’s decision.
ESPN showed video of Copeland and his mom hugging not long after she walked out.
Copeland tears turned to a smile as he and his mom hugged. In fact, he tweeted that he thought what she did was “hilarious.” He said she’s always looking to “put on a show!”
The Gators were watching Copeland’s decision. They tweeted a video of staff applauding as he picked Florida.