Jared Cooper Has Tough Decision

Brewton-W.S. Neal, (Ala.) offensive lineman Jared Cooper took an official visit to Alabama over the weekend following the Crimson Tide offering a scholarship less than a week ago. Cooper talks about his visit and the latest with his recruitment.

"The visit went good," said Jared Cooper from Brewton, (Ala.). "It went real good. We got to look at everything. We saw the academics and that sort of thing."

"It was nice meeting with the staff. They have a whole new crew. They are going to get things going in the right direction shortly. They all seem like nice guys."

"Charles Hoke was my host this weekend. I liked hanging out with him. He was a real nice guy. We are a lot alike. I hung out with John Parker Wilson as well because they are roommates."

"It's always good to go there to visit. Growing up in Alabama you know a lot about the football aspect of most schools around here. It's nice to look at the academic facilities."

"If nothing else it definitely helped a lot of feelings. You don't want to say harsh feelings, but you're a little bitter about not being offered before. Now I have a whole different viewpoint about Alabama."

Alabama offered the Auburn grayshirt commitment a scholarship last Monday, and the Tigers have changed their plans for the big lineman.

"I wasn't expecting them [Alabama] to offer me as late as it is, but it's a whole new coaching staff. I understand why it was so late," Cooper said.

"Auburn has lifted their grayshirt offer to me, and now it's a regular scholarship offer."

"It gives you more options. You never have enough options. It just throws another one out there for you."

While Cooper had a great visit to Alabama he remains firm with Auburn. He plans to take a little more time to think about his final decision.

"I would say I am still a solid verbal commitment to Auburn," he said. "I am definitely going to think about my options. You have to make sure you make the right one. As of right now nothing has changed."

"I would have to say that as far as facilities go Alabama has the upper hand a little bit. They both are real similar as far as the people. Alabama is a little bit bigger than what I am used to. Auburn is a lot like my home town. Other than that they are a lot alike."

"It will be where I feel most comfortable. Coach Nall is coming to my house tonight, and the Alabama line coach (Steve Marshall) will be here Thursday. I am done with my visits. I will decide by the end of the week where I am going for sure."

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