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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Top-rated commit of Clawson era on board

By Jared Shanker

Bowling Green landed its biggest commitment of the Dave Clawson era and quite possibly the biggest commitment the Falcons have secured in quite a long time.

Four-star Fred Coppet, the No. 30 running back nationally out of storied Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, committed to Bowling Green on Thursday.

Indiana and Vanderbilt were among the other schools to offer Coppet, who officially visited Bowling Green the weekend of Jan. 11.

“When I went up there I fell in love with it and knew that’s where I wanted to play football at,” he said. “I got a good friend in Johnny Joseph so I won’t be alone. I got a good vibe form the players and the coaches and my parents supported me.”

Despite other BCS offers, the 5-foot-9, 174-pound running back said no other program was close to Bowling Green in the end.

“They blew everyone out of the water,” Coppet said.

Coppet received a call from Bowling Green running backs coach John Hunter during the telephone interview, and Coppet said Hunter told him he cannot wait to get him in pads and on the field.

“He was telling me welcome to the family and they’re glad to have me and be ready to do big things,” Coppet said.

Bowling Green told Coppet he can crack the rotation early, and the offensive coaches are already planning on ways to use him.

“We’re going to run some spread and some pro-style offense and get me in space to make plays,” Coppet said. “They also might use me as a kick returner, too.”

Nine of Bowling Green’s 24 commitments hail from the Sunshine State.