Cooper: 'I Like Everything I've Heard'

NC State dipped into South Carolina in 2005 and landed S JC Neal. The Pack has it's eye on another of that state's top defensive backs for the class of 2007.

Safety Scotty Cooper is sure to be rated among the top prospects in South Carolina when rankings first come out, and his offer list is already impressive.

The 6-1, 195-pound prospect from Lake City, SC runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and has the ability to play near the line of scrimmage and help against the run. Cooper already has offers from NC State, South Carolina, Clemson, Kentucky and Michigan.

"I wouldn't say I have a top five or anything, but if I had to make my decision today it might be between South Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech. I just know more about those schools than the others. It's not like I'm down to those schools or anything. I'm just real familiar with their programs."

Cooper attended junior days at both South Carolina and Clemson, and the two major in-state schools will be devoting a lot of energy to keeping the Lake City safety near home. That hasn't deterred the Pack's coaching staff.

"I've got a lot of stuff from NC State," said Cooper. "I like everything I've heard and read so far. It's a school I'll definitely be looking at for a while. I might get up there sometime. I just don't know as much about them yet."

As a junior, Cooper's Lake City squad won just five games – but that can't be blamed on the talented safety. He recorded 96 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks this past season, establishing himself as one of the top defensive players in the Palmetto State. Most schools are recruiting him to play outside linebacker, but his versatility will allow the program he chooses to look at him at several spots.

"I'm going to camp at Clemson later on, but I don't know about anything beyond that. I'm sure I'll take some visits or camp at some other places, but I know I'll be going there. I know more about the in-state schools, but you could have guessed that. I've just been brought up hearing a lot about USC and Clemson. I'll learn more about other schools when I start talking to coaches more."

In addition to the schools that have offered him, Cooper is hearing from the likes of Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

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