Lineman Says He's Still Committed to Tigers

All-State offensive lineman Jared Cooper discusses his visit to Tuscaloosa and his recruitment by Auburn and Alabama.

East Brewton, Ala.--Jared Cooper says he enjoyed watching Alabama's exciting basketball victory over Georgia on his visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend, but after returning home from his trip to the Bama campus he is talking about playing his college football for the Auburn Tigers.

"I am still committed to Auburn," Cooper says. "Coach Nall is coming tonight and I plan to talk to him." Nall is offensive line coach for the Tigers, who along with head coach Tommy Tuberville upgraded Auburn's offer to the Class 4A Lineman of the Year from a grayshirt offer to a chance to sign scholarship papers on Feb. 7th with other members of the 2007 Auburn signee class.

"Auburn just offered me a scholarship and I can't even remember what day it was because it has been so hectic that things are kind of running together," Cooper says.

"The offer makes me feel good," says Cooper, who left his official visit to Auburn a week earlier committed to the Tigers with a grayshirt offer, meaning he would attend fall classes as a part-time student and then go on scholarship in January. "Anytime you get an offer of any kind it is real flattering that somebody thinks enough of you to pay for your education," the honor student says.

When asked what stood out on his trip to visit the Tide, Cooper says the basketball game on Saturday was exciting. "When we went to the Alabama-Georgia yesterday and it was a real good one," he says. "Alabama ended up winning on a last shot."

Commenting on the football portion of the visit, he says, "It went really good. We got to meet with the new staff and look at all the academics and that sort of thing. It went really good. Alabama's offensive line coach is supposed to come visit me on Thursday."

New Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered Cooper a scholarship last week when the W.S. Neal senior was in the hospital recovering from mononucleosis. The 6-4, 285-pound lineman says he is feeling better and just missed three days of classes. "I actually went back to school on Thursday," he says. "I was supposed to stay out until Monday, but sitting around the house I couldn't take much more of it."

Now that Auburn has offered him a scholarship to enroll at Auburn in August, the offensive lineman says his decision on where to attend college was made easier and he will be signing scholarship papers on Feb. 7th to play for the Tigers.

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