Cooper looking at Florida State

With National Signing Day less than a month away, coaches nationwide are hitting the recruiting trail in full force trying to finalize their classes. It's about this time of the recruiting season that a few new names start to pop up on boards and for Florida State, four-star safety Corey Cooper is one.

For four-star safety Corey Cooper, his recruitment has been a wild ride. Cooper has been a commitment to Illinois for some time now, but is still open to looking at what other schools have to offer.

Cooper has already taken four official visits (Illinois, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Arizona) and will make his final official in two weeks.

"I got one more visit and that's to Florida State on January 22nd," Cooper said.

With the visit scheduled, Cooper is looking to find out as much as he can about life in Tallahassee before he makes a final decision on which university he plans to attend.

"I'm a soft commit to Illinois right now," Cooper said. "With Florida State, I just want to give them an opportunity by taking a visit and see if I fit in down there.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the coaches and players, see how I fit in the scheme and how I fit in with the players and the area down there and just hopefully feel comfortable."

One of the main coaches that Cooper is looking forward to meeting is Florida State's new defensive coordinator and secondary coach, Mark Stoops. Stoops recruited Cooper hard while he was still at Arizona and is now doing his best to bring the talented safety to Tallahassee.

"He called me when he got the job (at Florida State) and told me he was still interested in me and still wanted to coach me and he asked me to come check it out. Before Coach Stoops got there, FSU wasn't really an option."

For Cooper, Coach Stoops' impressive resume of putting his players into the NFL has caught his eye. Players such as Ed Reed, Sean Taylor and Antrel Rolle all played for Stoops and Cooper has taken notice.

"Coach Stoops has an amazing background with everyone he coached so I'm interested in wherever he is at," Cooper said.

Cooper says he will likely be a signing day decision and as of right now, all five schools are even. NoleDigest will be sure to keep you up to date with Cooper and the rest of Florida State's top targets.

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