Corey Cooper Staying Loyal

Corey Cooper, a Land of Lincoln product from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, committed to the Illini earlier this year. Illinois head coach Ron Zook played a large factor in Cooper's decision, and has an update on Cooper.

Corey Cooper is not your average athlete; he's a Midwest kid that's had plenty of schools after his services. Numerous universities have shown interest in Cooper, including Purdue, Colorado, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. But in the end he chose the Illini.

"One of the reasons I committed to Illinois first was because they recruited early and it's been a dream school of mine for a long time," Cooper said. "And during my freshman year they were an up and coming program, so that helped too. It's my home state school, so staying loyal meant a lot to me. It's not far from home and all my family can come see me play. When I met the players and saw the facilities I just knew it was all right for me, along with how well I bonded with Coach Zook. Illinois is a great program. When I see programs like Florida and their best players stay close to home, I don't see why Illinois kids can't do the same. If I do well maybe some other kids may follow me and come there too."

Another reason Cooper picked Illinois was their style of offense. He loves the spread offense and all the opportunities it presents. "It just seems like it's going to be a great fit for me," Cooper stated. He also noticed that "on defense they have a lot of talented athletes out there flying around."

The season is going as planned for Cooper as his team is 3-1. "I'm a team player," Cooper said. "I just want to help out my teammates because I get into double coverage which makes it easier for other guys to make plays."

Cooper committed to Illinois in April and remains firm.

"I really want to get back there again, but my schedule changes a lot," Cooper acknowledged. "I'll get back down there when they're on TV. I watch every game. This weekend will be a good test for them, but I think they will do well."

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