ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — National Signing Day is a big day to remember for many football players across the country, but high school senior Jacob Copeland's signing day might be one many will never forget.
Copeland, the fifth best wide receiver prospect in the nation, was surrounded by hundreds of classmates and live on ESPN2 when he decided to commit to the University of Florida, but not everyone thought that was the best decision.
His mom, who was wearing an Alabama hoodie and Tennessee hat, walked off seconds after Copeland picked the Florida hat.
But mom came back after a few minutes to support her son's decision and hugged him.
Copeland said his mom encouraged him to choose Alabama, but his heart ultimately told him Florida was the way to go and felt he would have a bigger impact with the Gators.
"We had a lot of conversations back and forth about where I should go to school at, but it was like God led me," Copeland said.