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Florida mom leaves signing after son chooses Florida over Alabama, Tennesse

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PENSACOLA (AP) -  Escambia High School wide receiver Jacob Copeland's mother didn't seem all that thrilled with his college decision.
Copeland was surrounded on national signing day Wednesday by several people, most of whom were either wearing Alabama gear or Tennessee gear. Seated to his right was his mother, wearing an Alabama sweatshirt and a Tennessee knit hat.
As soon as Copeland grabbed a Florida hat and announced he would play for the Gators rather than Alabama or Tennessee, Copeland's mother left the table.
Copeland says that he felt most welcome at Florida among his three finalists, adding "I couldn't go with my mom, I wanted to go with my heart."

ESPN updated the story, showing video of Copeland's mother and her son hugging, not long after the mom walked out of the Florida wide receiver's signing ceremony.


Copeland has responded to the national attention he and his mother have received over the incident. Copeland posted to his Facebook page sticking up for his mother's actions at the National Signing Day event. His post reads, "If you don’t know my mama don’t speak on what she did. That’s her daily routine how she was built! I wasn’t mad we all brothers knew how she act."

(video courtesy of CNN / WKRG)

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