After a disappointing 2-7 campaign, Corey Cooper's senior year of football has come to an end. And while one chapter of his life has come to a close, now his focus can turn to his recruitment. Even so, he still has a bad taste in his mouth from the way his high school football career finished.
"We didn't have a good year, it didn't go like I thought it would. When you finish 2-7, there is really nothing positive to take from it. I just have to move on now, and start to think about college."
The 6-foot-2, 203 pound four star safety prospect said he was happy with his decision when he originally committed to Illinois. But since then, he decided to open things back up.
"At first I wanted to stay close to home and I liked Illinois when I was growing up, so Illinois was an easy pick. But now I think I need to look around and make sure I'm not making a mistake. I thought about it, and decided I need to take some other official visits, see other places."
Do you have a top 5 or anything, where do you plan to take your officials?
"I already went to Notre Dame a few weeks ago. I'm coming to Nebraska on the 7th of November for that Oklahoma game. I'm headed back to Illinois December 12, then Arizona on November 27. Tennessee will probably be the other visit, I just don't have a date set yet."
Is everybody recruiting you at safety, I heard some like you at wide receiver. What do you prefer?
"All of my top five like me at safety except Notre Dame, they have talked about wide receiver. I like defense a little more."
In other reports on the internet Corey was quoted as saying he would like to wait until signing day to announce, but now that seems to have changed.
"I don't think it will go on that long anymore, I'm going to commit right after my last visit."
How did Nebraska get involved in your recruitment? Have you had the offer very long?
"Coach Sanders was recruiting me over the summer right before I committed. They (NU) backed off once I committed, but once Nebraska heard I was looking around they got back on me. I just got the offer from Nebraska recently, like maybe a week or two ago. They told my coach they were sending me an offer, I got it a few days later. Then when I talked to them on the phone, they said they wanted me to come in on a visit, so I set it up."
Do you know anything about Husker football?
"I can't say I do, I've been following their games on television a little bit. I know the defense is playing really well, and they have that Blackshirt tradition. I get a lot of mail telling me about Nebraska, but I need to get out there and see it for myself."
When asked about his criteria for picking a college, Corey said it will come down to a few simple things.
"First I want good academics, it's important to me and my family that I get a good education to help me with life after football. I want to feel comfortable in what ever area I'm living in. Coaches and players that get along, and most of all, I want to win."