Jalin Cooper

6-4 WR Jalin Cooper visited Wake Forest, NC State and Syracuse; trip to Washington State in cards

Medina (N.Y.) High receiver Jalin Cooper made a quartet of ACC trips, and he a visit to Washington State on his mind.

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Jalin Cooper felt most comfortable at Wake Forest, is fresh off a visit to Syracuse and a trip to Washington State is on his mind.

In addition, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound receiver from Medina (N.Y.) High made recent trips to NC State and Boston College as his recruitment begins taking shape.

"I'm staying pretty open with everything," said Cooper, who holds offers from all but NC State of the aforementioned schools. "I'm most likely going to make a decision before my senior year."


Cooper spent Tuesday on Syracuse's campus. His express reason for the trip was to watch the Orange practice.

"I wanted to see how coaches interact with players, and how they run their practices," Cooper said. "It was fast. The tempo was very fast. They live off of that. I liked the way the coaches interacted with the players. It was really good.

"I like it," he said. "I like to play fast, run more plays."

Syracuse coach Dino Babers and receivers Kim McCloud both spent time with Cooper.

"They were telling me about the program and letting me know about the offense, and the players that have been through the offense and things like that," Cooper said. "They said to just take my time with everything."

Earlier this month, Cooper made a visit to North Carolina, and he stopped by Wake Forest.

"Wake Forest is an amazing place," he said. "The campus was beautiful. The people were really nice. The coaching staff made a really good connection with the players. It is really great there."

Cooper added he liked the small campus feel at Wake Forest.

"They only have about 5,000 students," he said. "I think I prefer a small campus. I probably felt my most comfort when I was there (with the coaching staff). (Receivers) coach (Kevin) Higgns, coach (Dave) Clawson, they were easy to talk to. They didn't force me into saying anything. They let me be me. They made it much easier and their personalities were cool."

Cooper also stopped in at NC State to see the spring game, where he spoke to receivers coach George McDonald.

"We went around the facilities and I talked to coach (McDonald) for about 10 minutes," Cooper said. "We watched the spring game. He wanted me to come down to a camp and evaluate me in the spring. I told him a little about my past, but that was all we got to talk about."

A trip to Boston College enabled Cooper to see the campus, and to connect with one of his favorite coaches in assistant Paul Pasqualoni.

"It was different. The campus was amazing," Cooper said. "I'm really close to coach Pasqualoni, and I talked to him a lot. I talked to coach (Steve) Addazio for a decent amount of time. He's a really nice guy. Their program is up and coming."

Washington State does to send out many offers in western New York, but the Cougars already had a connection with Cooper. New inside receivers coach Derek Sage, who recruited Cooper at Toledo.

"They have (coach) Mike Leach and the air raid, and the inside receivers coach, coach Sage," Cooper said. "I really like coach Sage. I really want to go out there. What I saw in pictures, the campus is beautiful."

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