Cooper Lands UNC Offer

Jonathan Cooper discovered earlier this month that he scored a North Carolina scholarship offer.

"I went to one of their summer camps and Coach [Sam] Pittman saw me," said Cooper. "He told me he wanted to offer me, but he had to talk to Coach [Butch] Davis, because they were looking to offer two outside lineman – like two tall tackles. But then he asked Coach Davis if he could get a scholarship for me.

"And then Coach Davis told him if he felt that good about me, that they should go ahead an offer me, so that they didn't lose me."

Cooper, a 6-foot-3 305-pound offensive lineman from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, attended one practice session during UNC's three-day team camp and worked out exclusively with Pittman.

"It was exciting, I guess you can say," said Cooper. "He was always up-tempo, up-beat. If you made a mistake, he corrected it and moved on; he didn't dwell on it. It was fun."

UNC is recruiting Cooper for guard or center, despite their need for tackles.

The summer proved to be successful for Cooper. In addition to UNC, he earned scholarship offers from camps at Duke, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

Heading into the summer, Cooper owned offers from just Buffalo and East Carolina.

With options on the table and plenty of experiences under his belt, Cooper is prepared to name favorites.

"I guess my top three would be Wake Forest, [UNC] Chapel Hill, and South Carolina," said Cooper. "I don't know what it is. I guess it's just the mixture of good education and good football – I think that's what it is."

Cooper, who doesn't have a leader, expects to make a verbal commitment after he takes a few official visits.

"I'll probably just go to games and stuff during the season and wait until afterwards to go on my official visits," said Cooper.

"I can't tell you [what I'm looking for in a school]. That's what I hope to find out on official visits. See what peaks my interest."

Cooper's senior football season opens up on the road against New Bern (N.C.) on August 24th.

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