Myles Copeland's love for Kansas State football wouldn't allow him to go anywhere else. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound middle linebacker from Wichita Collegiate School accepted a walk-on offer from the Wildcat staff and will join the team this summer.
"This Sunday I'm moving into the dorm," said Myles Copeland. "Monday I'll begin working out with the team and start summer school. I'm probably going to redshirt this season. I'll suit up for home games, but won't travel with the team. That will give me a chance to come back [to Wichita] to see my younger brothers play on Friday nights."
Copeland chose Kansas State instead of full scholarship offers from Division II programs Missouri S&T, Emporia State, Colorado School of Mines, Missouri Western State, Drake, Northwest Missouri State and others.
"It was a tough decision," Copeland said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play football on scholarship. It came down to the passion I have for Kansas State. I wanted to be a part of a winning team, and I knew they'd be winning while I was there. They have a great tradition. I love the atmosphere so much.
"Playing for Coach Snyder, I'll not only know more about the game of football, I'll also know more about the game of life. I didn't want to have any regrets. I had to prove myself all through high school, and I'm ready to prove myself again and earn a scholarship."
Copeland had a chance to see his future teammates perform in the annual Purple-White spring game on April 28th.
"I enjoyed being there," he said. "Coming off a great season, the team played tough. Collin Klein had a great game, and the defense looked good. It's a good feeling knowing they'll be good this year. Hopefully I can help make them better in practice.
"I'm probably going to start out at middle linebacker. I was close to Coach Cosh and that's where we talked about me playing. I haven't spoken to the new linebackers coach, but I have exchanged emails with a graduate assistant and he said I'd probably be at linebacker. That's a good place to be because they have five seniors at linebacker. By my second year, I'm hoping to get in on special teams and then move into a starting role in my third year."
Copeland had 122 tackles at middle linebacker for the Collegiate Spartans as a senior and was named Kansas 3A All-State, All-League at linebacker and offensive line, and Gatorade Top Five in the state of Kansas. His teams went 40-6 in his four years at Collegiate including a state championship in 2009. Copeland record 407 tackles during the course of his prep career.
Copeland graduated last weekend from Collegiate, a challenging college preparatory school, with a 3.8 GPA. He plans on double majoring in accounting and finance at Kansas State.
Copeland says his parents, both KU grads, are getting rid of all of their Jayhawk attire for the purple of the Wildcats and are looking forward to seeing him play on Saturdays.
The Wildcats may want to keep a close eye on Copeland's younger brother, Mitchell, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman. Copeland said Mitchell, a junior, is recruited by colleges and will camp in Manhattan during the summer. He also has another younger brother, Mac, who plays football for his middle school.
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