Cooper Enjoys Season Opener

As planned, Jonathan Cooper traveled to Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon for the North Carolina-James Madison game.

"It was good," said Cooper. "They came out with the win and I got to talk to the coaches for a long time after the game."

Cooper, a 6-foot-3 305-pound offensive guard from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, arrived on campus approximately two hours before game time and received a tour of the Kenan Football Center.

"They just installed some flat screen TVs all over that big schedule with stuff on it," said Cooper. "That seemed like it would be pretty helpful. And they rearranged the weight room and [they added] some touch screens for their hall-of-fame. So it was nice."

Cooper than headed to the stadium for the game.

"When I got there, all I saw was Carolina blue around the stadium," said Cooper. "It was loud and a fun atmosphere."

On the field, Cooper noticed impressive game play from the Tar Heels' squad.

"They played pretty well," said Cooper. "Their defense stepped up real good. And the offense, they executed a little bit, but they did pretty good, though."

Last fall, Cooper attended UNC's bout against South Florida.

"With [Saturday's] game, after every score – whether it was an extra point, field goal or touchdown – they had fireworks shooting off," said Cooper. "And, I'd say the defense might have played a little bit better [against JMU than against USF]."

Following the game, Cooper sat down with offensive line coach Sam Pittman, primary recruiter Charlie Williams, and recruiting coordinator John Blake.

"I talked to all three of them at the same time, so they were all making interjections," said Cooper. "They talked about not taking no for an answer on me coming there, and just all the stuff at the school that I would like."

Cooper wasn't ready to end his recruitment just yet.

"I didn't feel forced to [commit], but it did help me want to," said Cooper.

Regardless, Cooper still maintains that things are even between his top four favorite schools – UNC, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. He doesn't figure to have a leader until after taking his official visits.

Cooper said he will more than likely wait until after the football season to take his official visits. He has already begun discussing possible dates with UNC.

"Last night they were saying the first weekend in December they would like me to come up for an official visit," said Cooper. "If we're not playing in the state championship game, that might be my first [official visit], but I'm not positive, yet."

This weekend, Cooper and his head football coach will head down to Gainesville to unofficially visit Florida for the Troy game.

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