Robert Cooper (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Alabama offered Scout 100 DT Robert Cooper, a class of 2018 FSU commitment, during January visit

Robert Cooper is a top five defensive tackle in the class of 2018 and his newest Power 5 scholarship offer came on a late January visit to Alabama.

Big class of 2018 defensive tackle prospect Robert Cooper has been committed to the Florida State Seminoles since June of 2016, but it hasn't slowed his recruitment. The Sellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett junior has added a handful in the last two weeks, including one from the University of Alabama.

Already pegged as a Scout100 prospect and a top five defensive tackle nationally, Cooper got the Crimson Tide news during his second trip to Tuscaloosa as a prospect. It came late last month.

"Beforehand, coach (Jeremy) Pruitt already told me I was going to get the offer when I came down, so it wasn't a surprise when it happened when I sat down with (Nick) Saban," he said. 

Saban detailed the benefits of 'Bama on and off the field with one of the best in the 2018 class.

"He basically was just talking about the university, the tradition, the players, more than just football stuff," Cooper said. "Then he got back to me and offered me. He liked my Power, quickness for my size, great at the point of attack, great get-off as well as (my) use of hands.

"It was great, offer was big to me, too. One of the top-tier programs." 

The recruiting plan for Cooper going forward is to trim his growing list of scholarship offers to a handful in order to take advantage of the allotted official visits for college football propects of his caliber.

"It's in my top, I plan on making a top five, basically, saying where I'm going to take my officials," he said. "Alabama has a definite spot in my top..."

Cooper, who maintains his pledge to Jimbo Fisher and FSU, has added verbal scholarship offers from Southern Miss and East Carolina this month. 

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