Cooper Visits UNC

Pharoh Cooper made his first visit to North Carolina on Saturday with hopes of leaving with a scholarship offer.

"They didn't offer me," Cooper said. "Coach [Dan] Disch said that he wanted me at Carolina, but he didn't actually offer me."

Cooper, a 5-foot-10, 181-pound athlete, visited UNC with roughly a dozen of his Havelock (N.C.) teammates following their participation in the Shrine Bowl Combine earlier that day.

At the Shrine Bowl Combine, Cooper had one of the better performances. He clocked a 4.5-second 40-yard dash on a wet track and a 4.16-second 20-yard shuttle on a gym floor surface, while also benching 185 pounds 12 times.

Cooper's UNC visit lasted just over an hour. The majority of the time was spent touring the football facilities.

"We saw the football [players'] lounge, walked the stadium, saw the weight room, the locker room, and all the film rooms," Cooper said. "I liked it a lot. It was a nice atmosphere. "

Before leaving campus, Cooper met with Disch, UNC's defensive coordinator, in his office for about 15 minutes.

"He was just telling me about Carolina, what they have, and he was getting information on me," Cooper said.

Disch also invited Cooper to return to UNC.

"He said I could come up to a camp, but I don't have to participate in the camp," Cooper said. "He just wants me to get around the coaches."

South Carolina has emerged as an early leader for Cooper and Saturday's visit to UNC did nothing to change that.

"UNC hasn't offered me yet, so I can't really put them anywhere on my list," Cooper said.

"With South Carolina, I like the SEC. The coach told me that they're recruiting me as a defensive back and they've put the third most corners in the league. Plus, I played with a player that goes there – Corey Robinson. He has told me it's a great school with great coaches."

East Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina have offered Cooper.

UNC, like most schools, projects Cooper as a defensive back. He prefers to play slot receiver.

In addition to UNC, Cooper has visited Alabama, East Carolina, and NC State. He'll make his first visit to South Carolina on Saturday for a spring practice.

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