Cooper Ready For Rivalry Game

On Nov. 27 Cedrick Cooper plans to visit Clemson for the South Carolina game. "I'm not sure if it's gonna be official or not," Cooper said. "But I'm going for sure. "All the coaches there are great," he said about the Tigers' staff. "I was over there during the summer and loved it. I toured the whole campus and saw everything: the locker rooms, the offices, the facilities…" Cooper expects to...

Cedrick Cooper, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound three-star linebacker from Lithonia, Ga., has around 10 scholarship offers but says he's still "totally open."

Although Cooper still denies a leader he says the four schools recruiting him the hardest are South Carolina, Ole Miss, Clemson and Arkansas. All have offered as well as Middle Tennessee, Marshall, West Virginia and North Carolina.

On Nov. 27 Cooper plans to visit Clemson for the South Carolina game. "I'm not sure if it's gonna be official or not," Cooper said. "But I'm going for sure.

"All the coaches there are great," he said about the Tigers' staff. "I was over there during the summer and loved it. I toured the whole campus and saw everything: the locker rooms, the offices, the facilities…I liked talking with the coaches too. They are all laid-back and don't try to put on a front. That place really wowed me."

Another official visit that Cooper may be taking is to Arkansas on Dec. 10. "That's what we've talked about," he said. "But it's not official yet.

"I haven't really done a lot of research (on Arkansas) and that's why I want to visit them," he said. "I really like how they play and have seen them on TV a few times."

He is being recruited by Razorbacks' inside linebackers coach Reggie Johnson. "Coach J is fun to talk to," he said. "He seems like a great guy."

On Oct. 30, Cooper attended the South Carolina/Tennessee game and says he loved his time in Columbia, S.C. "That was a great game," he said of the Gamecocks 38-24 victory over the Vols. "The fans were going crazy. It was so loud I could barely hear myself. They treated us really well."

Cooper says he also likes the upside of the Gamecocks. "They're a young team, so they'll be good for a long time," he said. "I like how they're building up. I already have a real good relationship with the coaches."

Earlier in October Cooper attended the Ole Miss/Kentucky game in Oxford. "I like all the coaches," he said. "They're pretty cool. They've been up and down this year, but I think they're pretty good."

That was Cooper's first college football game. "It was amazing," he said. "I loved it. I couldn't believe how many people were there and what it was like. I love the whole college experience."

Cooper admits he's not in a hurry to end the recruiting process. "I'm enjoying it," he said. "I like talking to all the coaches and meeting new people."

He says he won't make a decision until near signing day. "I'll wait until after all my visits," Cooper said.

As a youngster followed Florida, but the Gators are not recruiting him. "I liked their colors and would get goose bumps just watching them play," he said.

Cooper finished his senior season (4-6) with over 100 tackles.

"This is only my second year playing linebacker," he said. "I think I've improved a lot. I try to know where the ball is going and have great instincts. I'm fast and blitz real good too."

He says he can bench 320-pounds, squat 410 and claims a 35-inch vertical jump.

"I want to work on making the tackle and wrap up better," he admitted. "I also tend to overrun the tackle sometimes."

Cooper plans to major in sports medicine and reports a 2.5 core GPA and 800 SAT, which he'll retake on Dec. 4.


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