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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
LSU steals lineman away from Tennessee

By Chris Low

Score one for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.

Defensive lineman J.C. Copeland of LaGrange, Ga., backed out of his commitment with Tennessee and signed with LSU on Wednesday morning. Copeland had been committed to the Vols since his junior year, but had a change of heart after visiting LSU last weekend.

It's a big get for LSU, which was looking to restock its defensive line. Copeland is likely to grow into a defensive tackle in college. It was also a little payback for the Tigers after losing safety Janzen Jackson to the Vols the day after signing day a year ago.

Losing Copeland really hurts the Vols, who look like they're going to come up short on defensive tackle prospects in this class. They were already thin at that position, especially with Dan Williams departing.