All-South Lineman to Visit Auburn

A football recruiting report is featured on one of this weekend's expected visitors.

East Brewton, Ala.--W.S. Neal High School standout Jared Cooper is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

The 2006 Alabama 4A Lineman of the Year had an impressive senior season. He earned All-State honors and was selected to The Birmingham News Super All-State team as well as the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern football team.

"I am real excited about getting up there to Auburn and getting a look at everything beside the football aspect of it," says Cooper, an honor student who plans to major in pre-medicine in college.

He carries a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the Academic All-State as a junior.

The Alabama Sportswriters Association presented him a plaque in December for being named the 4A Lineman of the Year. "I was real happy about that," he says. "It was a honor just to be nominated for that award," he says.

Cooper, who has also taken a look at Southern Mississippi, notes that Auburn is his favorite. The 6-4, 285-pounder says the Tigers are recruiting him as a guard. "I think I will wind up playing guard in college," he says. "I am too short to play tackle and too tall to play center."

He helped his team post a 9-3 record this past season. Cooper notes it was a good season to finish with as a senior although he wishes his team could have advanced even deeper into the state playoffs. "We played pretty close to our potential, but we lost a couple we should have won, but especially toward the end of the season we played real well.

"The highlight of our season was definitely beating T.R. Miller," he says of a 42-35 victory that ended Neal's 10-game losing streak to its crosstown rival. "People are still talking about that around here and probably will be for a long time to come."

Cooper will be part of what will be Auburn's largest weekend of official visitors for the 2007 signee class. Others expected to visit include:

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