Pack Evaluating Havelock Standout

Havelock (NC) wide receiver Pharoh Cooper talks about his trip to NC State's junior day.

Havelock (N.C.) wide receiver Pharoh Cooper has an offer from East Carolina and interest from several others.

Several weeks back Cooper attended NC State's first junior day of the year and he listened to what the coaches had to say. The 5-11, 175-pound junior is one of the top receivers from North Carolina in 2013 and he appears to be high on NC State's recruiting radar.

"Yeah, I was there at the junior day," he confirmed. "I met one of the graduate assistants and my recruiting coordinator, Coach Petercuskie.

"The coaches were really cool. I think I bonded with them a lot. I really like them."

Meeting with the coaches wasn't the only highlight of the trip. As many other recruits have noted, meeting with current players was a highlight of the trip.

"We had a little meeting room that all the recruits went in and some of the players came and talked to us," he said. "That was a good part of the trip."
            
There was no offer extended but Cooper left Raleigh feeling good about his chances at an offer at a later date. It was his first trip to NC State and but it likely won't be his last, especially if the Pack starts to show more interest.

"Right now I'm just keeping my options open. NC State is on my list. It was a nice atmosphere and a nice complex so I really liked it," he said.

Cooper has also visited East Carolina and Alabama. The Pirates have given him his only offer to date.

"They're pretty much saying the same thing NC State has been. I got along with the coaches real well there (at ECU). I met the head coach and he seemed nice."

Cooper added that he plans on visiting North Carolina soon for a spring practice.

Last fall at Havelock he caught 65 passes for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. On the defensive side he picked off six balls.

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