Cooper Coming on Strong Down the Stretch

Clinton (NC) High School running back Nic Cooper has been on a tear of late. He rushed for 229 yards and four scores this past week in leading the Dark Horses to a 35-3 win over SW Onslow. In fact, Cooper has averaged nearly 200 yards rushing per game in his last three contests as Clinton heads into the state playoffs this week at 6-5.

Clinton (NC) High School running back Nic Cooper has been on a tear of late. He rushed for 229 yards and four scores this past week in leading the Dark Horses to a 35-3 win over SW Onslow. In fact, Cooper has averaged nearly 200 yards rushing per game in his last three contests as Clinton heads into the state playoffs this week at 6-5. Although he's put up gaudy stats, Cooper is still awaiting that first, elusive scholarship offer. Pack Pride caught up with him for the latest.

"Right now the main ones I'm hearing from are NC State, East Carolina and Wake Forest," said Cooper. "State calls me every once in a while and I'm supposed to be heading down to a game at East Carolina next weekend. I can't really say I have any favorites because I'm waiting to see what these schools are going to do."

The Pack has kept open the lines of communication with Cooper and he had a chance to take in a Wolfpack game earlier this year. State is definitely a school the senior back holds in high regard.

"I had a chance to see the facilities and I really like their weight room," he said. "It was beautiful. Coach Amato is a good coach and I know he can get them back to winning once they put it all together. I know they have some great athletes there."

While Cooper stars at RB, at 5-11, 230 pounds and running the 40-yard dash in 4.6-seconds, he could also potentially project as a linebacker in college. Regardless of the position, Cooper says the main priority right now is to grab that first offer.

"Right now, I'm just hoping to get an offer," he said. "I like playing running back best but if I have to go play another position, I'll try that. It really doesn't matter to me.

As a junior, Cooper helped lead Clinton to a state title as he finished off the year with 2,032 yards and 28 touchdowns.


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