Cooper Totally Sold On Spartans

Several programs tried to sway Demetrius Cooper away from Michigan State in the months since his commitment. While Cooper has listened to several he was never truly swayed away from the Spartans. This past weekend Cooper put an end to all talk of looking at other programs after a great official visit experience.

For Chicago (Ill.) Julian defensive end Demetrius Cooper the recruiting process has continued to heat up after a strong summer and getting back on the field this fall.

While several other programs have shown interest in Cooper since his pledge to Michigan State in August, none have been able to sway him away to take an official visit.

From the sound of things, Cooper will no longer entertain thoughts of visiting any other program after his experience in East Lansing this past weekend.

"The visit to Michigan State was great," said Cooper. "I've never experience something like that and for my first time I had lots of fun with all the commitments coming down. Overall the visit was great and day-by-day everything was great and something to experience. In fact, I had the best time of my life and never had that much fun ever."

Having all the class together for their visits on the same weekend was a risk the Spartans coaching staff was willing to take and the results seem to have work wonders for Cooper.

"It helped big time having all the other commitments there," said Cooper. "Just to meet all of them in person and see their personalities was great. I saw that I wanted to be around these people for the next four or five years. So that really helped me feel comfortable and made a big impact."

Not only was Cooper totally sold on the Spartans following his visit so were his parents.

"My mom and stepdad came on the visit and my mom was very impressed," said Cooper. "I have a brother (Steve Taylor) who goes to Marquette and plays basketball so she's been through the recruiting process with him.

"She said Michigan State just blew her mind and my stepdad felt the same way too. They said if they could do it all over again they would as it was the best experience of their life.

"I've never seen my mom so happy. I've seen her happy but she's in love with Michigan State and told me Michigan State was where she wants me to go. She's had a bunch of schools and coaches calling her and telling her they wanted me to come for official visits. But she said Michigan State is where she wants me to go and I'm not going to take anymore visits."

Cooper's brother also gave his brother some solid advice about the process.

"My brother gave me a little breakdown before all my recruiting started," said Cooper. "Everything he's been telling me has come true. I had some schools interested in me early until I got hurt and they backed away.

"Now as we get closer to signing day they've started to come back in wanting me to visit their schools. My brother said stick with my heart and go where it tells me and that is what I'm doing.

"Michigan State has been with me for so long and they really were the first BCS school to offer me and that was a big turning point in my recruiting. They have a great tradition and is a big time school, but I had to look at all of my options."

While things look solid two weeks away from signing day with Cooper and the Spartans, his mind was really made up a long time ago.

"I wanted my parents to see everything and we all loved it," said Cooper. "But I really learned I wanted to attend Michigan State when I visited for the Boise State game."

While Cooper may have been sold on being a Spartan back in August his official visit also gave him more of a look at life as a Spartan.

"The basketball game was crazy," said Cooper. "I've never heard a basketball arena get so loud and I've gone and seen my brother play at Marquette. They play in the Bradley Center and it's really big, but it's never gotten that wild.

"The student section was loud and always on their feet. I've never seen a game that good and that was by far the best basketball game I've ever gone to and something I want to be around the next four or five years.

"My host was Lawrence Thomas and he gave me a great experience as he was really fun to be around. Being around him allowed me to meet the defensive line crew along with lot of other people on campus and was just a great experience."

Another factor in the back of Coopers mind is the fact he'll have a chance to compete early.

"I sat down with Coach (Ted) Gill and he told me to be ready to come in and work with William Gholston leaving for the NFL," said Cooper. "If I come in and do what I've got to do, I have a chance to play early.

"Coach (Mark) Dantonio said the same thing and he told me one thing that will always stick with me forever. He told me to come in, work hard and earn a spot. That is what I plan on doing."


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