Cooper Blown Away With Love

One of the newest members of Michigan State's recruiting class Demetrius Cooper visited during the Spartans game against Boise State. After some rest, Cooper talked with Spartan Digest about his first visit since becoming a Spartan.

Friday night's game against Boise State was the perfect time for a couple of new Spartans to take in the action.

Chicago (Ill.) Julian defensive end Demetrius Cooper joined a couple of his teammates in Spartan Stadium and came away feeling the love.

"It was great," said Cooper. "I didn't expect it… I expected it to be alright and I thought it would be good, but I didn't expect what I saw and it was just great. There were about 100 fans that came up and asked if I was Demetrius Cooper and when I told them I was, they told me good luck and said I made a great decision."

Still tired from a trip that didn't see him return home until around five in the morning, Cooper could still feel the excitement when we spoke with him.

"The atmosphere was just off the chain," said Cooper. "I was like there is where I really want to be. I expected it to be loud, but it was just crazy loud. I can't wait to go up there for my official visit sometime in October."

Despite his commitment, Cooper continues to hear from schools and has thought about taking other official visits.

"I've thought about taking other visits," said Cooper. "Coach (Mark) Dantonio told me that once you commit that is where you want to be at. I don't understand why players decommitt, I'm not going to decommitt.

"I guess some just commit to do something. I feel a school that is willing to allow you to commit is a school that really wants you. I'm just like coach Dantonio, once you commit that is the place you want to be. I know I committed early, but Michigan State is the place I want to be."

One thing that impressed Cooper during his visit was watching Spartans defensive end William Gholston and the other players at his position.

"They really get off the edge," said Cooper. "Watching Will play, I can see myself in a couple of years playing just like him after I gain some weight. I'm about the same size and when I spoke with him after the game he asked how I was doing and everything.

"I was watching every move he made so my next goal is to be the next big defensive end to come out of Michigan State when I get there."

One thing Cooper hopes to do this weekend is play some real football. After transferring into Julian, he's missed his team's first two games as the state works on determining if he's eligible because of transfer rules.

"I've not played a game yet because I transferred schools," explained Cooper. "I have a hearing on Tuesday to hear if I'm going to be eligible or not. It's crazy but I just want to play and work on improving my game. But I'll know Tuesday if I'll be allowed to play the rest of the season."


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