Little more than a week ago, Jeremy Cooper received a phone call that left him grinning ear-to-ear.
"And my mom was crying, she couldn't explain how grateful she was," recalled the 6-foot-3, 285-pound two-way lineman from Mount Carmel (Ill.) High.
Cooper had just received his first scholarship offer, from Colorado.
"That was the most exciting thing I have gone through because I have always talked about going to college and playing football," he said. "I talked to [Colorado defensive line] coach [Jim] Jeffcoat. He said he watched my film and talked to my coach, I guess that is how he became aware of me.
"It has been Colorado's defensive coaches contacting me but I think they are recruiting me as an offensive lineman. I am going to hopefully take a visit down there soon. As far as what I see now, I like it. I looked at their recruiting and the coaches seem really close knit. It seems like they have built a family atmosphere, so I like that. They have left a good first impression."
Illinois and Indiana are a couple of the other colleges looking at Cooper, who also excels as a wrestler and has drawn some looks from colleges in that sport as well. Most of the other colleges recruiting Cooper have asked him to attend one of their camps this summer.
A starter at left guard on offense for Mount Carmel, Cooper prides himself on his determination between the lines.
"I feel like that is my best attribute, I don't ever give up," he said. "I try my best at everything I do and give 100 percent. I never doubt myself."