Missouri LB Has Several Offers

Hazelwood East linebacker James Cooper talks about his scholarship offers and he names his early leaders. His brother (James Cooper) is a linebacker at Michigan State.

"Wisconsin, Kansas State, Missouri, Illinois and Kansas are the schools that have offered me a scholarship." Said St. Louis (MO) Hazelwood East linebacker Jamal Cooper.

"My favorites are Wisconsin, Kansas State, Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA.

"I don't have a leader. A lot of people ask If I have a leader and to be honest with you I'm not going to do that until after I take some visits and see some schools."

Cooper will be a three-year varsity member and he'll be a two-year varsity starter in 2002. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.

"I play defensive end right now but most of the schools recruiting me said they want me to play linebacker. It doesn't matter to me for real. I just want to get on the field. I'm enjoying this whole thing (recruiting) right now and taking everything in." Cooper said.

Cooper had 79 solo tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in 2001. Those numbers were good enough to earn him all-area and all-conference honors.

Jamal does have a leg up when it comes to recruiting. He had the benefit of watching his brother, James Cooper go through the process.

James Cooper is 6-foot-3, 229-pound, sophomore linebacker at Michigan State.

Jamal Cooper also letters in basketball. He camped this summer at Michigan State and currently doesn't have any official visits set up.

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