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No rest for Cope-Fitzpatrick

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LOS ANGELES - The alarm clock rings at about 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings for Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. There's no sleeping in. He has to catch an early flight from Sacramento to Los Angeles to work out at B2G Sports.
The Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney prospect - one of the top tight ends in California for the 2012 class - does this routine every weekend.
Wake up at 7 a.m., leave the house by 8, take a flight around 9, get to Los Angeles, wait for the afternoon workout with some of Southern California's best players and then fly back home that same night.
Cope-Fitzpatrick used to make the nearly six-hour drive every weekend but it got too expensive. Flying is easier.
"I used to drive down Sundays to Newbury Park but now I'm flying and (B2G Sports co-founder) Ron (Allen) picks me up and then I come to the workout and fly back the same day," Cope-Fitzpatrick said.
"Besides maybe some of the big camps, I have yet to find a camp where all the best competition comes out and everybody gets their work in. I like the coaches because they motivate me to get better and that's what I'm trying to do."
Flying seems like a challenge every Saturday morning but it's better than the drive - cheaper and just less toll on everybody.
"What we were doing was drive up Saturdays and then we'd spend the night and then work out Sunday and drive back," Cope-Fitzpatrick said.
"I'd have my grandparents come up too so there were hotel costs and it was just cheaper to fly down here."
All this effort is being put in so Cope-Fitzpatrick can get better, earn scholarship offers and play college football for free while getting an education. So far, it's working out perfectly.
UCLA, Oregon State, California, Washington and Washington State have offered the 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end, who in many ways resembles four-star defensive end Brennan Scarlett from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic in the 2011 recruiting class.
The former Palm Desert, Calif., native said he doesn't have any favorites and that he's still just looking to load up his offer list, maybe with some programs outside the new Pac-12.
Notre Dame, Miami and Oklahoma are three other schools of interest. He likes the Los Angeles teams - USC and UCLA - but it's too early to declare a favorite.
"I'm just looking to get some more offers," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "I'm trying to get some from outside the Pac-10. I get mail from other schools every now and then just because of the move and my school is a smaller school.
"I like the L.A. schools a lot but I'm really open because I haven't been to many campuses and checked it out so I really want to take my visits."
Cope-Fitzpatrick, who finished with 29 receptions for 327 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season, is planning to attend USC's upcoming junior day.
He also wants to call the Cal coaching staff to schedule an unofficial visit to Berkeley. The Northern California standout said he'd also consider a trip to the Pacific Northwest to check out campuses.
Cope-Fitzpatrick would also like to take other visits to schools outside the Pac-12 just to get a feel for what each college can offer. Traveling is not a problem for the 2012 tight end. Just look at what he goes through every weekend to work out at B2G.
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