Cooper Has 'Fun' Visit on the Hill

Although he didn't verbally commit – like fellow Eastern North Carolinian Kevin Reddick -- the thought definitely crossed Jonathan Cooper's mind during his official visit to Chapel Hill.

"You know with everyone around you committing, it makes you think about it," Cooper said. "But, I'm still trying to make sure wherever I go is the right place for me."

Cooper, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, would like to take his South Carolina official visit scheduled for this coming weekend before making any decisions.

"South Carolina and North Carolina are my top two, so I just want to go to both before I make up my mind," Cooper said. "I guess North Carolina is in the lead until South Carolina gets a visit."

While he won't crown UNC his leader, Cooper was definitely shown a good time.

"The main thing I did was eat – oh my goodness, I never ate so much in my life," Cooper said. "I just hung out with the players. Went to their dorm rooms, played video games, watched the [NFL playoff] game on one of the player's TVs."

Although freshman lineman Cam Holland was technically Cooper's host for the weekend, Cooper was escorted throughout his visit by both Holland and Mike Dykes.

"They both took me under their wing," Cooper said. "We had fun."

During his stay, Cooper quickly recognized the continuity among UNC's players – especially with the freshman and sophomore classes.

"The sophomores and the freshmen, they've come in and are playing together," Cooper said. "Wherever we went, there were always five or six players together. You'll be walking and see another five or six; greet them and they'll greet you. And they all want to bring the program to the top."

Cooper sat down with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, on Saturday evening.

"He was going over a lot of center plays," Cooper said. "Most schools are now projecting me as a center, because of my height."

For Hoggard, Cooper has starred at right guard for his entire prep career. However, since his football season ended, Cooper has been practicing snapping with his high school coach.

Before exiting Chapel Hill, Cooper met with Butch Davis.

"He was talking about how he's willing to wait on my decision," Cooper said. "And he wants me to have a good education, play on a good football team, and grow as a person."

After next weekend's official visit to South Carolina, Cooper will make his college decision.

"Whichever one I feel the best with after I get done [I'll choose]," Cooper said. "I'm just looking for that feeling."

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