AU "Hard Not to Like," Prospect Says

One of Auburn's official visitors talks about his weekend on the Plains.

East Brewton, Ala.--Offensive line prospect Jared Cooper gave a strong thumbs up review to his weekend in Auburn.

The W.S. Neal High standout says that Auburn is his "strong leader" after taking an unofficial visit to the campus along with 16 other football prospects.

"It went real well," Cooper tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It was everything I expected it to be. I got to look at everything and confirm what I thought already. I really like Auburn."

An honor student with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Cooper says, "We got to meet with all of the academic people. We toured the ins and outs of everything you could imagine. It was a real in-depth look at everything."

Nathan Farrow, a walk-on offensive guard who made the move from defense, was Cooper's player host. "Nate is a great guy and we are a lot alike so we got along real well."

Cooper, who was named the state's Class 4A Lineman of the Year in December, notes that he drove to the Auburn campus with his family. "Friday we came up and I ate out with the players and then went out with my player host," he says. "I got to meet quite a few of the players. I enjoyed meeting Jason Bosley. He is a character and I like him.

"Saturday we met with the academic people and toured the stadium," Cooper says. "They had our jerseys hanging up in the locker. That was real neat. We had dinner at the stadium and then we got to go out on the field for a little while and goof around. We went out with our player hosts like we did on Saturday night."

Cooper, who stands six-foot-four, says he weighed himself on Saturday and he was 295 pounds. He is a player who expects to play offensive guard in college.

He notes that other colleges are trying to recruit him, but says Auburn is "his strong leader" and he isn't planning to take any more visits.

"I came up with my dad, my mom and my sister," he says. "They had a good time. They all like it up there.

"I got to learn a lot about the academic stuff," he says when asked what stood out about the weekend. "That was very enlightening. The visit confirmed everything I already thought. It is a great place. It is hard not to like it."

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