Top 2013 QB Visits The Blue

Cottonwood HS QB Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT) is one of the top QB prospects for the 2013 class, and in fact already boasts an offer from Boise State. The talented QB was in Boise for an unofficial visit a little over a week ago as he watched the Broncos battle the Horned Frogs on The Blue. What were his thoughts on his visit to Boise State? He spoke to about that & more.

Cottonwood HS QB Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT) is one of the top prospects in the State of Utah for the 2013 class and has already garnered a 4 Star ranking on The talented QB was in Boise for an unofficial visit just a little over a week ago as he watched the Broncos battle the Horned Frogs on The Blue. So, did he enjoy his visit to Boise State?

"It was a great experience, we loved it," he said. "The city itself is awesome," he added.

"We got there on Friday, watched their walk-through, and spoke briefly with Coach Pease and Coach Petersen," he stated. "I'd say meeting Kellen Moore was the highlight of the trip. He was real nice, talked to my family and everything. He said I would really enjoy the school. I had a real nice conversation with him."

"I like the way Boise State spreads it out," said Bateman. "That's the offense I've been playing in at Cottonwood. We spread it and throw it. The offense intrigues me. It looks like fun."

The standout QB says his sister is currently a sophomore at Boise State. Has she been "recruiting" him at all?

"My sister knows everything about Boise State," he said. "She always wanted to go to school out-of-state and Boise State offered her a small academic scholarship. She loves it up there and thinks I would too, but also said it's really up to me."

"My parents love Boise," said Bateman. "The whole town was buzzing, orange and blue was just everywhere. They've been up there a lot before to see my sister, but they love the town since it's close to home."

Bateman got a handwritten letter from Head Coach Chris Petersen on Friday afternoon.

"I got a letter from Coach Petersen thanking me and my family for coming. That's the second one I've gotten from him," he said. "Basically, he said he was glad we were able to make it up, that they wish they could have won the game, and that he would love to coach me. Getting regular mail is nice, but handwritten letters like that are real special."

"Coach Petersen is real friendly," he said. "That definitely impressed us. He seems like a guy that can relate to you."

In addition to Boise State, Bateman also has offers from Utah, BYU, Utah State, Maryland, and Mississippi. He says he's looking for a place that feels "like home."

"Out-of-state or in-state doesn't matter to me at this point," said Bateman. "I'd like to be somewhere close so family can come see me. The school aspect has to feel like home, a place I can easily adapt to. I definitely would like a winning tradition and would like to go somewhere that I can succeed. The coaching staff and players are like a second family, so that's really important."

"I definitely saw that at Boise State," he said. "It was a lot like Salt Lake. I felt I was already at home. The campus isn't too big, but I like that. The football aspect is awesome. Everyone felt like family and the coaches would go out of their way to say 'hello' to you."

"I got to say that playing on the blue turf would be pretty special."

The 2011 season was a bit of a rebuilding year for Bateman and his teammates. They are now in the toughest 5A division in the state, but lost a bunch of key contributors from the 2010 squad.

"You don't like to say that it was a rebuilding year, but it really was," he said. "We lost 9 starters on defense and only returned 4 on offense. We also changed our region, now playing the toughest schedule in the state. We finished the regular season at 5-4, but lost in the first round of the playoffs."

"Personally, I was happy with my performance," he said. "I thought I played well, didn't throw a lot of interceptions, and that's most important to me. I finished the season at about a 60% completion rating. I believe I had 27 TD passes, 6 INTs, and about 2,800 yards passing."

What does Bateman (6'3, 200, 4.53) bring to the gridiron?

"I'm a pocket passer and I'll drop back and make my progressions," he said. "I'm comfortable in the pocket, but I'll also move around to find that open guy," he added. will continue to have updates on Cooper Bateman.

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