RB Looks to Visit UM

Graig Cooper views himself as a normal guy. When asked what separates him from a lot of other top backs, he didn't have a whole lot to say.

"I don't consider myself any different than those other guys," Cooper said. "I'm just who I am and I work hard. That's how I see it."

Cooper has been different in a lot of ways. The Memphis (Tn.) Melrose star has been running over opposing defenses so far this season.

"We're 6-1 and the season's been going really good," he said. "I have about 900 yards and 11 touchdowns. I'm having a lot of fun out there."

The talented running back, who participates in four different events during track season, has been getting recruited by a number of programs lately.

"Recruiting's been great," he said. "I get a lot of calls and things like that. I know I wanna take visits to Miami and Oklahoma State. Ole Miss is coming at me real hard too right now."

The talented running back claims written offers from Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. He's hoping one comes from the Hurricanes too.

"Miami has been calling," he said. "We talked about setting up a visit. Everyone wants to win, play for championships, and go on and play at the next level. Those are reasons why people like Miami so much. I went to the NIKE Camp there and looked around. I talked to the coaches. I talked to (Javarris James) some. He's cool. I saw some of his highlights too. I got a partnter down there too (former teammate Carlos Armour). He likes it a lot."

Oklahoma State is high on his list because of family ties to the area. He talked about that.

"Oklahoma is like a second home," he said. "I used to live out there. I got a partnter out there, too (a graduate assistant). They involve the running back a lot. They have a good atmosphere too."

Although he may have a little more interest in the Canes and Cowboys right now, don't count out Ole Miss.

"They're up and coming," he said. "I like the new coaches. Coach O used to be at USC and they talked about using me kinda like Reggie Bush in that offense."

Graig Cooper, 5-11 and 192 pounds, said he'll wait to see which schools end up offering and then take a few visits before making a final decision.

"I'll just see what each of those places is like and then go from there," he said.

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