Heel Tough Blog: Heels Continue Hot Streak; Land 3✮ TE John Copenhaver


John Copenhaver

For the third time in the last four days, Mack Brown’s signature tweet has hit social media. The Heels landed their third commitment since Thursday when 2020 3✮ TE John Copenhaver committed via Twitter on Sunday evening.


Copenhaver becomes the second player from Roswell High School in Roswell, GA to commit to Carolina in the 2020 class, joining 3✮ OT Trey Zimmerman, who committed back on March 28th. Last year, in his first full season as a varsity player, Copenhaver caught 44 passes for 759 yards and 8 touchdowns, leading his team in each of those respective categories. Prior to last season, Copenhaver played in four games as a sophomore, recording just three receptions for 25 yards.


Copenhaver’s experience might be a bit limited, but there are a lot of things to like about his game. Copenhaver is the definition of a receiving tight end, doing most of his damage from the slot. Copenhaver has good speed, especially for a tight end, which allows his route tree to expand and makes him a weapon after the catch. Copenhaver doesn’t lineup as an in-line tight end much and will have to add weight if the Heels plan to use him in run blocking situations. Copenhaver is a great fit with the new offense, though, and could factor in early with the Heels, especially with all but one of the teams current tight ends being upperclassmen.


With Copenhaver’s commitment, the Tar Heels 2020 class is now eleven strong, one of just five teams to have that many prospects committed to their class at this point. The class remains 7th overall and 3rd in the ACC.