At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, St. Augustine, Fla. standout quarterback/safety Willie Cooper has led his team to a 9-0 record this season as they enter into the first round of the state playoffs on Friday.
Cooper has totaled close to 2,000 yards this season and has five interceptions on defense. Inside the classroom, he's waiting on test scores to come back.
"The recruiting stuff has been going well," Cooper said. "I've started to narrow it down a little bit. It's pretty much Florida State, Miami, and Oklahoma right now. Georgia and Florida might be in there a little bit too. I probably won't leave Florida and Florida State and Miami are my top choices."
So which of the two in-state powers holds the upper hand at this point?
"I used to say it was Florida State because I grew up a fan of theirs and everything and it just seemed right," he said. "But Miami's came up and tied things. They're both terrific programs and it's going to come down to which one I feel more comfortable at on my visits."
So what were the reasons for the Hurricanes pulling even?
"It's all about Coach Mark Stoops," he said. "When some coaches call, all they want to do is talk about football. But when he calls, we talk about anything. We talk about our favorite TV shows or whatever. We joke around about everything. It's like he's my age and one of my friends. I feel real comfortable talking to him and that's the coach I'll be playing for if I went to Miami. I can't wait until I take my visit there."
Cooper said he's also had the chance to talk to UM head coach Larry Coker as well.
"I've spoken to Coach [Coker] a few times," he said. "I think it was twice. He seems like a nice guy, relaxed and easy to talk with. Plus, I've also talked to Coach Soldinger a few times. They're all good guys at Miami."
Cooper, who said an FSU coach will be at his game this Friday, said he'll likely make a decision after he visits those two schools.
"Hopefully I won't be taking any visits until after December 15th," he said. "That's the weekend of the state title games and I hope to be there again."
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