The Greg Schiano effect is starting to trickle down to the Class of 2022. On Wednesday, three-star wide receiver Addison Copeland, from Western New York Maritime School, announced his commitment to Rutgers.
Copeland is a 6’1, 190-pound wide receiver who is ranked as the top overall receiver in New York in the Class of 2022 and the No. 5 prospect overall, according to Rivals.
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Rutgers offered Copeland back in April. He has yet to visit the campus but Copeland is familiar with the Scarlet Knights and has trust in the program.
“It was nothing but love from the start,” Copeland told 247Sports. “They hit me one day and they didn’t stop. I have a great relationship with the receivers coach (Tiquan Underwood), the defensive backs coach (Fran Brown), and the head coach, coach Schiano. They made me feel welcomed and I feel like I would have a great future with them.”
Copeland is the first verbal commit in the Scarlet Knights’ Class of 2022. He chose Rutgers over offers from Indiana, BYU, UMass, and Buffalo. Copeland is a speedy wide receiver who can excel on special teams as a punt returner, as well. Both sides believe that they can accomplish great things together.
“I like how many times they go up a level in improvement,” Copeland said. “By the time I get there, they said they should be playing in a bowl game and I should be able to get them their first championship, or another championship.”