One of North Carolina's best running backs in 2005 was junior Nick Cooper from Clinton (NC) High School. Despite rushing for 2, 032 yards and 28 touchdowns and helping lead his team to the 2A state title, Cooper has barely been a blip on the recruiting radar this summer. However, after attending several camps, the senior back has caught the eye of some college scouts and he will hope to earn his first offer with his play this fall.
Cooper, 5-11, 230 pounds, ran a 4.61-second 40 yard dash at NC State's camp earlier this summer. He talked about his experience with the Wolfpack.
"I ran the 40's and did the running back drills while I was there," he said. "I did some of the one on ones and the coaches said they were impressed with my 40 time and they told me they liked my character. They told me they're going to have some slots at running back and linebacker."
Cooper also made stops at Wake Forest, East Carolina and UNC. The Deacs, Pirates and Wolfpack appear to be showing the most interest at the current time and Cooper talked about what interests him with a couple of those schools.
"I really like East Carolina," he said. "My cousin goes there and it's really an up and coming program. The staff was really cool and I think East Carolina is one of football's best kept secrets.
"With State, they have an awesome weight room. It was just top notch and I know it's got to be one of the best in the country.. I really liked the coaching staff and I have family in Raleigh so I would have a good support system. I just liked the whole atmosphere up at State."
Although he's made his mark in the offensive backfield at Clinton, Cooper said he'll also be counted on to make a few plays on defense as well. Always a team player, it's a challenge the all-conference back welcomes.
"I will get to play some linebacker this year," said Cooper. "But really, the position doesn't matter to me. Where ever the coaches put me is fine by me."
Copper says he does not have any favorite schools currently and considers himself wide open to any interested college. He added that if the right offer comes along, he could see himself committing early.