Versatile Big Man Enjoys Auburn Camp

Big fullback prospect Jarvis Cooper talks about camping with the Auburn Tigers and gives his thoughts on the coaching staff.

West Memphis, Ark.--With Jay Prosch heading into his senior season for the Auburn Tigers, one of the positions of need for Coach Gus Malzahn and company is going to be at fullback/H-Back.

A vital part of Auburn's offensive attack, both as a blocker and a pass receiver, it's one of the more difficult spots to find in high school football with fewer teams using fullbacks with the switch to spread offenses.

Sometimes it's a matter of converting defensive players to that role on offense, something that has worked well at LSU with J.C. Copeland making the switch from the defensive line and it could be the route that big Jarvis Cooper takes as well.

A linebacker and defensive lineman for West Memphis High, Cooper camped at Auburn last weekend and worked with Coach Scott Fountain as a fullback and H-Back in the Tigers' offensive scheme. Showing good athleticism and the power to make the move, Cooper said all that is left is an offer from Auburn and him working on becoming more of a skill player.

"It was a nice camp," the 6-1, 253-pound prospect said. "I really like Auburn. I would like to go there. It's not too far from home and it's an SEC school and a big Division I school. It's just position-wise for me. I have never been recruited as an offensive player and they are recruiting me as a halfback/fullback. I did good with the drills, but going to the 7-on-7 and coming out of the backfield catching the ball is something I'm not used to.

"I think I have to practice on that more if I do get offered. Coach Fountain said they would get back to me in a couple of weeks. If I do get offered I'm going to think about it and I'm going to start working now on coming out of the backfield and catching the ball."

Being from Arkansas has made Cooper very familiar with many of Auburn's staff members. Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and Tim Horton are all guys that the big fullback already knew and he said that's big for him when looking at the Tigers.

"It's a big school and I want to go to a big school because there is more out there for you," Cooper said. "With the coaching staff, I have been knowing them since the 10th grade. I have been knowing Coach Horton since then. I talk to Coach Fountain a lot. Coach Malzahn is from Arkansas. Everything is good with Auburn."

Currently with offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and Central Arkansas, Cooper said he plans to take his time with recruiting and see if he can add some bigger offers before making a decision.

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