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Longtime Florida State pledge Robert Cooper is firmly committed, but will take official visits

BUFORD, Ga. -- Four-star Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett defensive tackle Robert Cooper has been committed to Florida State since last June and although his commitment to the Seminoles is strong, he will take some official visits this fall.

Robert Cooper has been committed to Florida State for nine and a half months.

The South Gwinnett standout's pledge to the Seminoles remains strong, but he will visit other schools.

"My commitment to Florida State is really solid, but I'm going to take some official visits during the season," Cooper said. "Florida State has been recruiting me since middle school and it's like family there. It would take a lot for me to go somewhere else."

Besides Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State will get visits, and he gave a thought on each.

Alabama: "It's a great program and you can't say anything bad about Alabama," Cooper said. "They produce stars and they know how to build football players and men.

"I have great relationships with (defensive coordinator) coach (Jeremy) Pruitt, (defensive line) coach (Karl) Dunbar and (outside linebackers) coach (Tosh) Lupoi. They want me to come in and make an early impact."

Ohio State: "They're also a great program and have told me I could come in and make an immediate impact. I have a great relationship with (defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson and he's really of the coolest coaches I know.

"Every time I talk to coach Johnson, we have good conversation. It's about more than just football. He always wants to talk about me and wants to know how I'm doing."

Along with the aforementioned schools, Cooper said South Carolina could get an official.

Cooper will enroll early.

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