Cooper Still Interested In Irish

Notre Dame picked up five commitments from defensive players over the past 45 days, but that hasn't slowed the interest of Chicago (IL) Julian defender Demetrius Cooper. caught up with Cooper for the latest.

With four of the last five Notre Dame verbal commitments coming from the linebacker position, Demetrius Cooper knows numbers could play a factor in his recruitment from the Irish. However, Cooper, a player evaluated as a defensive end by the Irish, sounds like he's still holding Notre Dame high on his list.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to Notre Dame," said Cooper. "When I went up there my sophomore year for a game I was impressed. But after I got hurt during my junior year I wasn't sure they would be an option.

"But once they invited me to camp, I knew I had to go there and show them what I could do. After going to camp and seeing how they run things makes me want to go back."

Before camping with the Irish late in June, Cooper had a chance to work with Irish defensive line coach Mike Elston at the R.A.S Camp. Did this help him during Irish camp?

"I feel that really helped," said Cooper. "The drills he had me doing at the R.A.S. Camp, I'd never done before and he made me work. It was good working out with him as he taught me some moves I never had.

"But at the R.A.S Camp, I was working as a defensive end. At camp they had me working at outside linebacker. However, they did have me do some one-on-one drills and I was able to use the drills he taught me to my favor."

One thing playing in favor of the Irish is the closeness to home.

"That is a big positive," said Cooper. "I have never said I wanted to go real, real far. But with Notre Dame being about an hour away, it gives them a big boost as I'm not trying to go too far away so my parents can come and watch me play."

Don't look for Cooper to rush to a decision any time soon as he's still learning about each of the programs that have offered him. will keep in contact with Cooper until he makes his college decision. Top Stories