"Eric is a very athletic and powerful young man with a high ceiling," Robbinsdale Cooper head football coach Willie Howard said to GopherDigest. "He plays smart and with low pad level. He finishes plays as well. Minnesota is getting a good one here."
"At Cooper, we do things the right way," Howard explained to GopherDigest. "There is a reason we had 57 kids in six years go off to college to play football. We are part of the process the moment they step foot on campus as a Cooper student. We assist with getting kids to summer camps, so that they can get exposure. When you have such respected coaches on your staff like I do, it makes it easy for recruiting. Most of our coaches played college football or in the NFL. I have a great deal of respect for what Coach Kill brought to Brick by Brick and was pleased to know the U of M did the right thing in hiring Claeys. The coaches on staff don't just care for their players. You can tell they treat them like family."
Abojei has some things he needs to work on, but Howard believes he has a very bright future.
"I would say continuing to get to second level on his blocks and he has to work on getting ready to play both sides of the ball, but Eric is a natural," Howard said about his upcoming senior tackle Abojei. "Eric has a definite mean streak and he has played both sides of the offensive line. He's a three year varsity player that will need to LEAD by example. Eric is going to continue to prepare for his senior year and enjoy the brotherhood and family we have at Cooper, while also preparing for a chance to make a huge impact in 2017 in Maroon and Gold. He's 6'5" and 315 lbs, which makes for a BIG BOY in college. I'm very happy for Eric."