Cooper talks Wake Forest and more

Many of the ACC teams are in hot pursuit of Corey Cooper of Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. Last season the showcase player for Millbrook was Keith Marshall who signed with an SEC school in February. Cooper, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver, has turned quite a few heads in his own right and currently hold 10 Division 1 offers.

"My three ACC offers are [North Carolina] State, UNC, and Wake Forest," said Corey Cooper. "State was the first school to offer me after my sophomore season.

"I'm also hearing from Maryland and Duke. Coach (John) Dunn [at Maryland] told me he got my film and loved it. He said he was going to give it to the wide receivers coach right away, so I think they may be close to offering."

The Demon Deacon staff decided to throw their hat in the ring in early March and get into the mix with Cooper as well. Cooper says the interest is mutual.

"A couple of weeks ago I received the [Wake Forest] offer over the phone," Cooper said. "Coach Jackson is the coach who recruits my area, but it was Coach Galloway who offered me. He said they really want me there.

"They're only taking three wide receivers in this class, and he told me I had better be one of them. I have some friends who go there and tell me it's great. They told me the fans will love me if I go there, but I want to see what it's like in person."

Cooper would like to have his college decision made prior to his senior year of high school, so he's hitting the road for campus visits as often as he can during the spring.

"My parents go with me on all of my visits," said Cooper. "We're going to be at UNC this Thursday, then will be at South Carolina on Saturday. I'm planning on visiting Wake Forest during my spring break week, so that will be Thursday of next week.

"I'd like to have my decision made by early August. I just want to focus on being a leader for my team and working on my grades, so it would be nice to have that out of the way.

"I'm a student-athlete, so I looking for the best of both worlds in a college; a school with strong academics and a football program with coaches I'm comfortable with and treat me well."

The Millbrook Wildcats finished 6-5 last season and fell in the first round of the North Carolina 4AA playoffs. Cooper feels like next year's team could surprise.

"Keith [Marshall] is great player, and we had a lot of the offense centered around him," Cooper said. "I didn't get my number called as much as I would have liked, but I became a better blocker. I consider the season a positive.

"I'm best as a deep threat and do a good job of getting off the line. I'm going to be doing more next season, like punt and kick return. Everybody has been saying we'll be down because we lost Keith, but I think we're a sleeper team. We got to go get that ring."

Cooper has an older brother, Cleo, who plays wide receiver at Emory & Henry in Virginia.

Cooper's on a traveling AAU basketball team during the summer called the Capital City Bulls. He plans to attend the Shrine Bowl Combine on April 24th being held at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.

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