Top MLB recruit will visit Duke this week

One of the top linebacker prospects on Duke's 2015 recruiting board will be making a visit to campus this week. Prior to his arrival, we sat down with Pennsylvania's Jake Cooper to get the latest.

Ranked as the 17th best middle linebacker prospect in the country according to Scout.com, Warminster (PA) area prospect Jake Cooper has no shortage of early interest. That includes an early offer from the Blue Devils as well.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, Penn State, Syracuse, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Boston College, Temple, Pittsburgh, and Virginia," said Cooper. "I am being recruited hard by, and expect to be offered by Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Stanford, California, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Florida State, and Maryland."

As a junior, the three star prospect played middle and outside linebacker, wing back, slot back, and full back for Archbishop Wood, though every school in the running is recruiting him to play linebacker. Such a projection fits Cooper's self-scouting report.

"I feel that my strengths on the field are my intensity and athleticism. I get to the ball, and I am vicious at the point of attack.

Cooper measures out at just over 6-foot-2, and 232 pounds. And while that is good size for a linebacker, what sets him apart is his speed.

"My best time in the 40 yard dash is 4.51 seconds, and my best in the shuttle is 4.20 seconds. I also bench press 375 pounds and squat 505 pounds. My max in the power clean is 315 pounds, and my vertical jump is 34 inches."

In short, this is a big time athlete.

Duke noticed early on and an offer went out directly. The Blue Devils continue to follow up with contact and attention, while also proving the program's progress on the field. It has resulted in Cooper being eager to make a campus visit during Duke's Spring Practice - something he'll do on February 22nd.

"Coach Knowles offered me a scholarship to Duke in October of 2013, and since then I've talked to him and Coach Collins the most. I've watched the program under the last few years and the changes under Coach Cut have definitely helped make Duke and appealing choice for me."

In addition to his football accolades, Cooper is ranked sixth in Pennsylvania as a wrestler, a sport he has participated in for more than 13 years.

When it comes to making a college decision, Cooper says he will consider a number of factors, while giving little consideration to others.

"I really have no preference when it comes to location of a school. When I sit down to make my decision, it will be to the school that fits me the best for both academics and athletics."

Cooper has uploaded junior season film highlights to his profile on Hudl


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