Cooper looking at five schools

After the Cotton Bowl, LSU has to replace a three-year starter at SAM linebacker in Jeremy Lawrence. <br><br> One of the prospects on Nick Saban's mind for assuming Lawrence's responsibilities is defensive end/linebacker Dominic Cooper (6-4, 220, 4.7) of New Orleans-O. Perry Walker. <br><br>

In the Tigers' defensive scheme, the SAM linebacker lines up over the tight end most of the time and serves as a combination between a defensive end and a linebacker. That suits Cooper just fine because he says he feels like he can play either position.

He has been on one of his official visits to Colorado and the other four are set with Clemson (1/10), LSU (1/17), West Virginia (1/24) and Tennessee (1/31). His high school teammate Travis Berry committed to the Buffaloes a few months ago and he now serves as one of their biggest recruiters for Cooper.

"Colorado was real nice," Cooper told Tiger Rag. "I liked a lot of things about it. I know a lot of guys that are from this area and I know some of the coaches are cool. They have some nice facilities up there."

If there was one thing Cooper had to adjust to then it was the frigid air coming out of the mountains.

"It was kind of cold up there," he said. "It was real cold. It's a different kind of cold from here. It won't really affect my decision because I could get used to playing in the cold weather."

When asked what stands out about Louisiana's flagship school, LSU, other than proximity to his parents' home, he replied with a laugh, "That is my boys over there."

"I know everybody at LSU," Cooper said. "They have some real good facilities and they would take care of me over there. There are a lot of good things at LSU."

The next month or so should be very interesting for Cooper and many of the nation's top prospects as they narrow their focus heading into National Signing Day.

Sonny's View: Cooper joked around a lot when referring to LSU and sounded as if he was very familiar with the program. There are not a lot of linebackers left on LSU's short list so Cooper could be considered a priority from here on out.

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