Cooper Slowing Things Down

With a few days off prior to the start of two-a-day practices, Demetrius Cooper knows his time is quickly coming to make his college decision known. caught up with Cooper for the latest.

Since the beginning of June, Chicago (IL) Julian High defensive end Demetrius Cooper has been on the fast track as he went from unknown prospect to one holding several high level offers.

Michigan State was one of several programs impressed with the 6-foot-5, 225-pound edge rusher following his performance at Sound Mind-Sound Body and soon offered.

After hitting several other camps, Cooper knows it's time for things to slow down and for him to break things down before making a decision.

"Right now we're on our two week break before we start two-a-days," said Cooper. "The latest news now is that I'm trying to learn more about Michigan State. I'm looking forward to going back over there for another visit, but right now I'm still open to any school."

While claiming he's still open, Cooper is also quick to speak highly of the Spartans efforts.

"It's getting close for me to make a decision," said Cooper. "But more and more, I'll be looking at how my next visit goes to Michigan State before I make a decision."

While Cooper doesn't rule out a possible visit to campus soon, it sounds like he's about a month away from it happening.

"Right now I'm planning on going buck up for the Boise State game," said Cooper. "Our first game is August 26. That is a Sunday and then we have a week off so I could attend the Boise State game. I could do something there."

Taking the point for the Spartans is Dan Roushar, a coach Cooper is feeling good about.

"The last time we I talked with a coach on the Michigan State staff it was coach Roushar," said Cooper. "We basically talk about taking my time and making the right decision. He gave me some great advice, but I'm going to say I'm ready to be a Spartan right now."

One thing Cooper is trying to avoid is making a quick decision and having to back out later.

"When I commit to a school that is going to be it for me," said Cooper. "My mom, my brothers and football coaches have all talked a lot about it. So when I make my decision, I want that to be it.

"I'm not just going to a school for a day, I'm looking at the fine details to getting a good education. I'm also looking at the roster and how many guys are at my position and if I can go in and player early.

"When I make my commitment it will be because it is the right school for me and not just because of the school's name."

One thing Cooper has taken notice of when looking at the Spartans is their style of defensive play.

"That is something I'm really looking at," said Cooper. "Their defensive ends are pass rushers and that is their specialty. They let them loose to go after the quarterback and that is my game and what I love to do."

In the next couple of weeks Cooper hopes to hear from another program that is showing interest in Illinois. With a desire to stay close to home, don't look for Cooper to stray too far from the Illinois, Indiana or Michigan area when he makes his decision.

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