Michigan State 2014 DB Commit Vayante Copeland Looks to Carry On Mark Dantonio’s “NO FLY ZONE!”
The Spartan “No Fly Zone” may be losing standout safety Isaiah Lewis and Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Denard next season, but MSU commit Vayante Copeland is excited to carry on the tradition of excellence in the Spartan defensive back field in the coming years.
The 6-0, 190 pound DB out of Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton Ohio knows that by coming to MSU, he will be playing in a system that expects outstanding play from their defensive backs. During an interview with Spartan Nation Radio, Copland expressed his excitement “coming into a great system with a great DB coach in Coach Barnett”, adding “to be part of that opportunity is phenomenal.”
Blessed with great speed and strength uncharacteristic of a player of his size, Copland has a knack for breaking up passes and creating turnovers. He prides himself on playing with good fundamentals and is master at playing the ball at its highest point.
Copeland has already developed strong relationships with his future coaches at MSU. He recalled on Spartan nation Radio that his first encounter with Mark Dantonio involved a discussion about faith, not football. Coming from a deeply religious family, Copeland remembered being struck by Coach Dantonio’s deep religious convictions and immediately “felt right at home” with his new coach.
Copeland summed up Coach D simply, “great man, great coach, great father.”
MSU Defensive Back Coach Harlon Barnett has also had quite an impact on Copeland already. The two communicate regularly about just about anything, ranging from on the field issues to “off the field family situations and everything.”
Vayante is also aware of the benefits for playing under a coach who was such an accomplished defensive back himself. “Playing for a former all American that knows the tools and that had success at this position will be an honor
Although he’s coming to MSU for football, Copeland comes for a family that has “coached” him hard to not only be a stand out player, but a stand out person. Instead of just joining a football team, Copeland understands that by choosing to come to MSU, he is becoming part of the Spartan family.
Like his family, his coaches at MSU have set “a high standard” and Copeland feels “that being part of that Spartan family, the Spartan Dawgs is going to be an honor.”
The Spartan Nation should be excited to watch Copeland as he joins the Spartan “No Fly Zone” and proud of his hard work as a player, student, and young man.