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For the first time since committing to Florida, top-50 overall recruit Jacob Copeland returned to The Swamp last weekend for the homecoming game against LSU.

His first order of business?

A 1-on-1 meeting with UF coach Jim McElwain as soon as the 4-star wide receiver arrived from Pensacola, Fla.

“Before the game Coach Mac wanted me talk with him in his office so I went in there,” Copeland said. “He was just saying how they really need me here in the orange and blue.

“They’re excited for me to come here and be an impact player. I can always talk to Mac and he treats me like I’m already a player.”

Copeland chose Florida over Alabama in an exclusive SEC Country commitment video on Aug. 2. The Under Armour All-American has taken two trips to Tuscaloosa this season, but his pledge to Florida hasn’t wavered.

“I’m still committed to Florida,” Copeland said. ““It’s always love when I come down here. It felt good to be back and check out the atmosphere.”

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Copeland wasn’t bothered by the Gators’ 17-16 loss to LSU.

“Their team is full of freshmen right now,” he said. “They had their best receivers out and that hurt the offense. I feel like I can come in and make an impact.”

Copeland is ranked the nation’s No. 7 wide receiver and No. 44 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite.

The 6-foot, 192-pound receiver will follow through

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