Update With Mr. Cooper

Demetrius Cooper made plans to catch his future teammates in action but saw some things get in the way of those plans. Spartan Digest catches up with Cooper for an update on his status with the Spartans and more.

With his season over Chicago (IL) Julian defensive end Demetrius Cooper has been working to take care of business as he prepares to be part of the Spartans football family. Saturday was to be another chance to catch up with his future team as they played another Big Ten opponent.

"I was all set to go to the game," said Cooper. "However, there were some car issues and I was not able to make it to the game. But I watched it and some of those calls were bad. They (MSU) were playing good the whole game and for it to come down to that last play, that's just hard to swallow and was hurtful.

"You can't be made at them but they can't take it back because it's over with now. But Michigan State played well the entire game."

As for what Cooper's been doing since his season ended, it sounds like the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder has some plans for his second sport.

"I might play some basketball again this year," said Cooper. "That's my second sport but I haven't played since my sophomore year because of the injury. I had a few schools talk with me about basketball, but football is my sport."

Cooper is also waiting on another important part of his future.

"I just took the ACT," said Cooper. "So I'm waiting on my score to see how I did."

As for contact with the Spartans, Cooper said things are very good.

"I talk once or twice a week with (assistant) coach (Dan) Roushar," said Cooper. "I have good conversations with him all the time and we talk about my plans and how everything is going."

One thing Cooper has learned is how other schools have not backed away despite his pledge.

"Other schools are still calling," said Cooper. "But I'm a Spartan and still strong."


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