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Cope-Fitzpatrick talks Colorado visit

1/16/2012

Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) took an official visit to Colorado over the weekend. The USC commit previously visited Oregon and UCLA and will check out the Trojans on his final official visit next week.

Cope-Fitzpatrick committed last summer to USC, and the Trojans are still in a good spot with the nation’s No. 2 tight end prospect. If there is a school that couild make this one interesting, it’s the Buffs.

“I really enjoyed my time there,” Cope-Fitzpatrick said. “It was a small group of visitors, I think there were just four of us total. That was cool though because I got to spend a lot of time with the coaching staff there and especially head coach Jon Embree. I get along great with Coach Embree and he’s one of the few coaches that I feel comfortable talking about anything, not just football.

“He has a great tight end background and knows how to use the tight end, but that’s not the most important thing to me. I just want to go somewhere that I’ll be comfortable and where I can really learn the position well and I know I’ll have that at Colorado. For me, it’s not about how many balls I’ll catch but learning the position, every aspect of it and I know Coach Embree can teach me that.”

Cope-Fitzpatrick returned home from Boulder Sunday night and had a home visit later that night with Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin.

“USC is still the team to beat,” Cope-Fitzpatrick said. “I like the program a lot and have a good relationship with the coaches. My mom wants me to stay close to home and the visit to SC next week is the only one she is taking with me. For me distance isn’t a factor, I’ll go wherever I feel comfortable.

“Coach Embree will be over for a home visit next week and I think UCLA and Oregon will be over this week or next as well. After my visit to USC, I’ll take a few days to think things over and then have a final decision next week. I’m ready for this to be over for sure. The recruiting process has been fun but every trip makes my decision harder so I’m looking forward to putting it behind me.”