Profile - Kenny Cooper
Cooper received a phone call from Georgia Tech Coach Andy McCollum inviting him to the Georgia Tech game versus Georgia. On the visit, the coaches let Cooper know that they liked his film. Following the game, Kenny called Coach McCollum and he was offered a scholarship.
The offer gave Kenny reason to pause. He talked with his parents and thought about it for a long time. Cooper knew that if he changed his mind and decided on Tech that he would have to call Western Kentucky. “I told myself that if I couldn't make that call that I had no reason to change my commitment. Once I knew I knew that I could make that call, I knew I wanted to be a Jacket."
A call was made to Coach Paul Johnson Tuesday morning. Kenny asked if he still had the offer. He was told that he still had the offer until the scholarship was filled. “I told Coach Johnson that I was committing to him and Georgia Tech. He was very excited and welcomed me aboard to the school and team."
The call to Western Kentucky wasn’t an easy one to make. “I had to do it because it was the right thing to do.” Cooper felt that he made a change that was best for him. “I’m able to stay in-state and attend one of the best colleges in the country.” Kenny also likes that his family and friends will be able to watch him play. “Before the call, I was feeling bad about letting down the coaches at Western Kentucky but they handled it great and it made me feel more at ease afterwards."
Coach Johnson let Kenny know that they like him as an offensive lineman. Cooper will probably line up at guard. “Coach Johnson liked the fact that I also played H-back and fullback for my high school.” Coach Johnson told Kenny that he was looking for athletic offensive linemen. “I really took that as a good complement coming from Coach Johnson. He is a very good offensive minded coach."
Kenny has yet to talk to or meet any of the Tech commits but his is looking forward to meeting them. "I what to especially talk to the ones from Georgia and to fellow offensive lineman Parker Braun.” Cooper is looking forward to building friendships with his class before they enroll at Tech.
His parents love Kenny’s decision. “We were on the phone with the coaches for over an hour Tuesday. They love what they heard from the coaches and that I’m staying in-state.”
Cooper plans to get a business degree from Tech. He will be making his official visit the weekend of January 15th.