Four-star recruit explains why his mom walked out during his live TV commitment Clippit/Screenshot

One of the biggest stories from National Signing Day was four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland, who picked Florida over Alabama and Tennessee on Wednesday. However, the story was less about Copeland’s actual decision and more about that his mom, decked out in Alabama and Tennessee gear, walked off on live television right after Copeland made the announcement.

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While Copeland and his mother eventually hugged it out afterwards, the awkward moment led to ESPN’s Rod Gilmore blasting the decision to walk off during the announcement.

“That’s just wrong,” Gillmore said. “It is not about the parents and the sooner they figure that out the better off everyone will be. That was just ridiculous. Quite sad to be honest with you and the young man deserves better than that.”

Copeland was eventually able to explain his side of the story, saying that there was nothing malicious in his mother’s actions and that it was all with her usual personality.

Hey, if he didn’t have a problem with it — it was his moment, after all — then who are we to say anything different?

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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