— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) February 7, 2018
The National Signing Day Ceremony held on Wednesday, Feb.7 was filled with excitement and a touch of drama. Star athlete Jacob Copeland ended up being the story of the day for all the wrong reasons. The four-star recruit chose Florida Gators over Tennessee State and the University of Alabama.
His choice created a terribly awkward moment when his visibly upset mother dressed in a Tennessee hat and Alabama sweater stormed off. Not surprisingly, fans had a lot to say.
Man as a Dawg fan I hate the Gators but that was sad as hell to watch. The dude is going to a major university to chase his dreams so Mom being a little more supportive would have been nice. You can tell her walking off bothered him big time.
— Lance (@SportsGuyLance) February 7, 2018
Wow!!! Come on parents, it’s the kids decision. He’s the one that has to attend the school, and play the sport!! Sheesh!!
— Craig Freeman (@freeman_craig) February 7, 2018
But Copeland’s mom did return to give him a hug. She held on to her son for a few moments as he cried in her arms.
Mom came back… pic.twitter.com/VNKrVdDiue
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 7, 2018
The young athlete who showed great composure while announcing his decision put it all behind him and came to his mother’s defense calling it a “hilarious” moment.
What my mama did today was hilarious 😂 if you knew her personally that’s her job. PUT ON A SHOW! 🤦🏾♂️😂😂
— Jacob Copeland (@JCope1era) February 7, 2018
Later in the evening, Copeland appeared fed up with a tweet that may have insulted his mother. The tweet he responded to has since been deleted, in fact, the entire Twitter account has been deleted, but Copeland kept his response up and let’s just say, it’s epic.
I don’t know you but don’t dare in your life disrespect the lady who created me. I’ll kill and die behind that one! 💯 https://t.co/bnI1x6QpAR
— Jacob Copeland (@JCope1era) February 8, 2018