3-Star LB Getting a Serious Look from Vandy

Three schools have already emerged with scholarship offers for this Palmetto State LB prospect. And a few more could be on the verge of pulling the trigger, including your very own Vanderbilt Commodores. Come inside for more details.

Just a few a few days ago, VandyMania.com introduced you to Marcus Bullard, a 6-3, 200 pound linebacker prospect from out of the Palmetto State that the Vanderbilt Coaching staff has been tracking early on. Apparently there's another linebacker prospect who hails from the state of South Carolina that the coaching staff has laid their eyes upon. This young man goes by the name of Ralph Cooper.

Cooper, who will be a senior at Fairfield Central High School (Winnsboro, SC.) this coming fall checks in at 6-1.5 and weighs around 215 pounds.

To date, Cooper has scholarship offers on the table from Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Coastal Carolina. However, the talented linebacker is expecting for more offers to come in the near future. Mr. Cooper feels like he is in pretty good shape to land one from the ‘Dores before it is all said and done.

Cooper informed us that Coach Ted Cain has been primarily put in charge of recruiting him, and that he has had nothing but great things to say regarding the skill set he brings to the table. Cain has already made a trip out to Winnsboro, S.C. to check on the 3-star MLB. Apparently Cain and the rest of the Vandy coaching staff aren't quite sold on Cooper enough to pull the trigger just yet.

"They want to see me run in person," Cooper told VandyMania.com. "So basically they want to see me in camp. Vanderbilt along with a few other schools would like for me to come to their camp so they can watch me work out in person. That way they'll have a chance to see what kind of speed I have."

Vanderbilt's wish was almost granted as Cooper was seriously thinking about taking a trip up to Nashville next week, to partake in one of Vandy's football camps. But due to conflicting schedules, he won't be able to make the trip. "I was trying to go up to Vandy on next week, but I'll be at Boys State all of next week," Cooper said. "So I don't know if I'll be able to make it to their camp or not. I'm going to call and talk to them (Coaching Staff) and see if they are going to have another camp or something."

Outside of Vanderbilt and the three programs that have already offered Mr. Cooper, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, and Furman University have all been expressing interest in him as of late. But if any of the programs aforementioned want to land this young man's signature on Signing Day, they will have to beat out his current leader, Illinois.

"The reason why Illinois is high on my list is because I really felt comfortable when I went there for my visit," Cooper said. "I was comfortable with the coaches and the players. At Illinois, I got to see what the player and the coaches were like. Everybody was like real laid back."

With that in mind, how much of a factor would it be if Vandy decided to emerge with an offer in the near future? "It would definitely play a part, but it wouldn't play a big part until I actually get to visit the school," Cooper said. "That way I could get an in-depth look at the campus/facilities, mingle with the coaches a little more, and see how comfortable it is up there."

We will have more on Cooper in the near future as things continue to get interesting between him and the ‘Dores.

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