The Bowling Green football team has received a verbal commitment from Fred Coppet, a running back from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Coppet announced his intentions via Twitter Thursday, and the commitment was confirmed via phone call to his coach, Rocco Casullo, on Friday.
Coppet is a four-star running back in the ESPN rankings, which has him listed as the 30th-best running back in the Class of 2013. Coppet originally committed to Boston College, but decommitted when that school fired coach Frank Spaziani. Among the other schools he considered were Vanderbilt and South Florida, among others.
Last season Coppet carried the ball 230 times for 1,435 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, and scored 18 touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 141 yards and three more scores, and he returned 11 kickoffs a total of 263 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown return.
Coppet carried the ball 23 times for 155 yards and a touchdown to lead the Raiders to a victory over Tallahassee Lincoln in Florida's Division 7A state title game played at the Citrus Bowl.
As a junior Coppet carried the ball 149 times for 879 yards and 14 touchdowns.
"He is an extremely hard worker, he's a captain, and he's a team leader -- both on and off the field," Casullo said of Coppet. "I can't say enough good things about him."
The 5-9, 175-pound Coppet has been timed at 10.78 in the 100-meter dash -- does that combination of size and speed sound familiar, Falcon fans? If not, let me remind you that Kent State's Dri Archer is listed at 5-8 and 175. But Casullo said speed isn't the only skill Coppet brings to the table.
"He's got great vision, and he's very powerful for his size," Casullo said of Coppet. "He's also great catching passes in a screen package, and he's a great kick returner.
"He runs with a chip on his shoulder because a lot of people say he is too small to play in a major college football program. I think Bowling Green is getting a steal."
Click here to read a short story from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel about Coppet verbally committing to Bowling Green.