Never Want to Leave the Sport

Geneva High School athlete Colin Cooper grew up dreaming of tossing on the Orange and Blue and running into the Carrier Dome on a Saturday afternoon and now that he's actually being recruited by the school it's like a dream come through.

Colin Cooper, a 6-foot-2.5, 225-pound two-way standout from Geneva, N.Y., visited Syracuse this weekend, however this was far from his first visit.

"Since I was a little kid I have been a Syracuse fan and it's really been my dream to play in the Carrier Dome and I've stuck with them through thick and thin, so going to visit them today and being recruited by them is awesome and feels unreal," Cooper stated. "Last year I was excited with smaller schools talking to me, but now that Syracuse is talking to me and I can see that there's a chance that someday I could be in a Syracuse uniform making big plays for them it's just an awesome feeling."

"The visit today went really well. I got the chance to meet with all of the coaches and watch the spring game. I think they've improved a lot over the offseason and definitely think Head Coach Doug Marrone is definitely taking the team in the right direction. I definitely got the feeling the staff is interested and excited about me and I loved being around that Syracuse atmosphere. I loved getting to sit down and talk to guys like Coach Conley and Coach Casullo and hearing some positive feedback from those guys."

"The school is only a half an hour away from my house and they also have that great education I'm looking for in a school," Cooper explained. "I want to get into sports management and would love to become a football coach and hopefully get into college and the NFL one day. There's nothing I want to do other than football. I just want to help kids do the same thing I've done and share my knowledge of the game with people for the rest of my life, so I really have this love for the game and that's what I want to do when I graduate if I don't continue playing at the next level."

Coach Conley told Cooper that he likes him at defensive end, but Coach Casullo told him he likes him in an H-Back role, so if Cooper does end up in Orange there may be an inner-office rock, paper, scissors for his services.

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