Cooper, on our last conversation you mentioned that you were a solid commitment to Georgia Tech even though Coach Gailey was let go. After hearing that Coach Johnson was hired, did that affect your decision?
"No sir, Coach Johnson just left, we had a visit of about an hour and a half and I was very impressed with his plans for Georgia Tech. "
What was your first impression of Coach Johnson?
"I liked him, I liked him a lot. He told me how they wanted me at Georgia Tech and what plans they had for me and how I fit into them. I played safety in high school and they said that I would be a great fit for Georgia Tech at safety but they liked the fact I played quarterback too and asked if I was willing to play there too."
What is your feeling on that?
"I told Coach Johnson that I'd play anywhere they needed me to play, that I am extremely excited, very much pumped about attending Georgia Tech. Coach Johnson really has it together and knows what it takes to win."
What was the most impressive part of his plans?
"He had a plan on how he
wants Georgia Tech to rise above the 7-5 mentality and records of the past few
years and that the main goals each season are to win the ACC and to beat
There have been rumors floating around that Coach Johnson will run a pure triple option offense. Did you get that feeling or did Coach Johnson tell you he would be doing that?
Johnson said that the Georgia Tech offense will be one of a variation between
the one he ran at
Who attended the meeting with Coach Johnson?
"Coach BJ (GT LB coach Brian
Jean-Mary) was there with him tonight."
There has been speculation that Coach Johnson was bringing as many offensive coaches from Navy with him but he was open to having some of the old defensive staff from Coach Gailey's regime to stay on. Did he say anything to you about this?
"He mentioned that Coach
Tenuta's decision will be made first, that his staying is in Coach Tenuta's
hands. I did get the feeling that Coach
Giff Smith would be staying regardless."
I am guessing that Coach Jean-Mary being there is a good sign he will be staying too?
"I surely hope so as Coach BJ is a good coach
and one that I'd like to stay."
So, it is safe to say that you are indeed 100% committed to Georgia Tech?
"Yes sir I am and as I am extremely excited and very much pumped up
about coming to Georgia Tech.
It seems that Coach Johnson has made a very good impression on one of the best safeties in the country and carried on the bond that the coaches at Georgia Tech have made with the recruits of this season. You could really tell that Cooper was excited about what lies ahead and that the introduction of Coach Paul Johnson's ideas has made him excited at sticking with his commitment to Georgia Tech.