Safety Down to 4; Will Visit UM

This talented prospect has led his team to an 18-2 record as a quarterback over the last two seasons but he's being recruited to play free safety. He has narrowed his list down to four and it includes Miami.

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Saint Augustine, Fla. standout Willie Cooper led his team to the Class 3A state championship game as a quarterback last season. And it appears they may be on their way again.

"We're 5-0 and doing really well right now," Cooper said. "I wouldn't say we're where we were at the end of last season but we're getting there. I have four interceptions on defense and five touchdowns on offense. The colleges want me to play free safety."

Cooper, who is trying to score one more point on his ACT to become fully qualified academically, talked about the recruiting process.

"It's gone well," he said. "I have it pretty much down to Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Oklahoma. That's about it right now. They have all offered me a scholarship and those will be my four visits."

Cooper said he's already taken in two games in-state this season and hopes to take in his third on Saturday.

"I went to Florida for the Miami game," he said. "It was a great atmosphere and a real good game. Miami just played better. I aslo went to Florida State against Duke and had a good time. I might be at the FSU/Miami game on Saturday."

Cooper said one school does stand out right now on his list.

"Florida State's No. 1," he said. "I grew up a fan of them. I pretty much grew up loving them and it's been a childhood dream to play there."

Cooper was asked if he would root for the Seminoles if he were at Saturday's game.

"Man, I dont know," he said laughing. "Since I'd be a Miami recruit, I probably wouldn't root for anyone. They're both on my list and I like them both right now."

Cooper was asked about the Hurricanes.

"I like Miami because of their defensive style of play," he said. "It's very aggressive. Their defense always ranks near the top and they have a lot of players in the NFL. I think I would fit their style. Coach Stoops and I have been talking lately."

Cooper has not yet scheduled any official visits. He was asked what it would take for Miami to knock Florida State off for that top spot.

"I really dont know," he said. "Basically, I would need to find that out on my visits. Florida State's on top now but I haven't taken my visits yet."

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