Cooper Adds Wolfpack Offer

Havelock (NC) athlete Pharoh Cooper talks with Pack Pride about his recent offer from NC State.

1,200 receiving yards, 20 touchdowns, a state championship and a state championship MVP award will earn you some recruiting attention and that's certainly been the case for Havelock (NC) athlete Pharoh Cooper.

One of the top receivers in the state last year, Cooper's recruiting has taken off of late although he won't get the chance to catch passes in 2012. Instead, he'll be the guy throwing them. He talked with Pack Pride about his position move.

"I'm going to miss catching the ball and running with it but I've gotta get used to it because it's best for the team," said Cooper. "We didn't really have a second string quarterback last year so I got put in, so I've got step up. I feel confident that I can help us get back to a state championship but we've just got to take it one game at a time. We'll keep practicing and get better."

On the recruiting side, Cooper has picked up an early trio of offers but stands poised for several more as the year progresses.

"I feel good about how my recruiting has gone. I've kind of been expecting it. I've put a lot of hard work into it and now it's paying off. I've picked up offers from East Carolina, South Carolina, NC State and I'm expecting an offer from UNC."

So what about NC State?

"I went to their junior day a couple months back and I really like their campus," he said. "I talked to coach Petercuskie and he's a cool guy. They said they were debating over which position to offer so they're offering as an athlete. They said if I go up there I would be returning punts and be on special teams."

Another formidable offer is South Carolina although they haven't offered at his preferred position of slot receiver.

"It's a great offer, an SEC school. It's a great offer to have. They like me at cornerback. I like playing defense a lot. I like catching the ball but defense works, too."

So have any schools risen to the top early in the process?

"I wouldn't say any schools are sticking out right now. Maybe South Carolina but I'm keeping my options open."

Cooper says he plans to camp at South Carolina, NC State, UNC, East Carolina and possibly Clemson and Florida over the summer.

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