Lake City (S.C.) LB One to Watch

Over the past few seasons we have seen an influx of hybrid outside linebackers. The "Hybrid" players who are built like a prototype safety who can play in the front seven. The last two years we have seen two of these types make it to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Rico McCoy and Akeem Hebron. This South Carolina prospect would love to be number three.

Scotty Cooper, a 6-foot-1, 195 pound, outside linebacker, from Lake City, S.C. is a prospect who will be getting a lot of looks in 2006.

"I am interested in South Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Texas," Cooper said.

Cooper has already had the chance to check out the campus of one of the schools that appeared on his favorites list.

"I took an unofficial visit to Georgia for a game last year. It was a nice trip. The fans and the atmosphere were amazing," Cooper said. "I never got to see much of the campus, I really just saw the stadium, but it was nice to get to see what I am working so hard for."

Cooper also has a trip set to attend South Carolina's junior day event in late February.

"I am going to be going to a basketball game at South Carolina on February 25th. I am very excited about that trip. Coach (Steve) Spurrier has brought a brand new feel to the program," Cooper explained.

Cooper also considers himself lucky to have positive influences in his life, people who have helped put him in a great position to go on and be a success in college.

"My mom has always been there for me and has done everything that she can for me," Cooper said of the great relationship he has with his mother.

"Coach Ap (Lake City linebacker coach Matt Apicella) cares about me a lot and has helped to get me where I am today. My pee-wee football coach David Simmons, who is a close family friend and a preacher, has also been a good role model for me," Cooper explained.

As a junior, Cooper was recognized as an All-Region selection after racking up 96 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and four sacks. Top Stories