Thanks to a Monday scholarship offer from Rutgers, Medina (N.Y.) 2017 receiver Jalin Cooper has one more series of visits set before a final decision.
Cooper said he is close to a college decision, but Monday's Rutgers offer has him targeting a June commitment.
“I was surprised I got the Rutgers offer, to be honest,” Cooper said. “I thought they wanted me to go to their camp. I was planning on going to the camp, but I could have picked the school I was going to attend before that.”
Close-by Syracuse and Buffalo have been consistent hosts for Cooper, who planned May visits to Rutgers, Wake Forest and Connecticut. Cooper will be at Rutgers next weekend.
Wake Forest hosts Cooper on Memorial Day weekend with a stop planned at Connecticut on the way home. Washington State, Temple and Toledo remain in contact.
“I know for sure I want to pick my college by the end of June,” Cooper said. “Being in a small community, there's a lot of excitement and support.”
Cooper picked up interest during spring evaluation because of his improvement as a track athlete.
“My best events are the 100 and 200,” he said. “My freshman year, I started in track and I went to the state championship. My sophomore year, I came in sixth in the 100 and I was the 100 and 200 sectional champ. This year I have big goals.”
Cooper plans to learn as much as possible about Rutgers before he visits campus in mid May.
“I'm going to do research on them to see how the coaching staff works and what type of players come out of there and who they recruit,” he said. “I'm going to look at the connection between the staff and the players and do my research on them. What I do know is that I would be able to come in and play early. They're bringing in four receivers, but the tallest one is 6-foot-2.”
Syracuse is an easy trip for Cooper, whose most-memorable experience came on a visit for the Florida State game.
“(The offense) is definitely impressive,” he said. “I think if I ever went there, I'd have a great chance to catch a lot of passes, The tempo of their offense is amazing. I went when they played Florida State and they threw the ball about 70 times. I love that.”