Cooper One To Watch

Every year The Bolles School has plenty of Division I talent and their 2010 class is no exception. One player to watch this season will be hard hitting safety Desmond Cooper. DeaconSports spoke with Cooper about his off season thus far as well as his recruitment.

At 6'2 185 pounds, Desmond Cooper sure has the look of a great safety. The talented prospect from Bolles is good in coverage, loves to hit, and uses his length to cause havoc in the secondary.

During the off season, Cooper has stayed busy in the weight room and on the track. "I've been working out hard and doing track," said Cooper. "I run the 200, 400, and 4 x 400 relay. I made the states in all three events. I have also been doing some combines as well. I did the Scout combine in Orlando and will be participating in the Nike Combine in Tallahassee."

Recruiting has been going well for Cooper. He currently holds three Division I offers. "Wake, Indiana, and FIU have offered. I am hearing from Georgia Tech, Arkansas, UCF, USF, Florida, Clemson, and West Virginia."

Cooper has heard a lot about Wake from some of his previous teammates and likes what he hears. "I hear it is a lot like Bolles. Scott Betros has told me he really loves it up there. I also know they have put quite a few safeties in the NFL. I am looking forward to visiting Wake this summer."

As far a a decision goes, Cooper has an idea of when he wants to make a commitment. "At first I wanted to decide during the spring. Now I am looking at sometime this summer. I don't want my college decision hanging over my head when my season starts. A lot of guys let the recruiting thing get to their head but I'm not like that. I have a team here at Bolles I want to concentrate on."

When asked to describe his style of play, Cooper responded, "I like to come up and hit people in the mouth. I also like running people down if I need to. I take a lot of pride in my pass coverage as well so if people want to throw my way all I can say is good luck."

Cooper is the type of student-athlete that Jim Grobe and staff have had a lot of success with. He is a high motor, high character young man that takes a lot of pride in his game and will work hard to get better each time he hits the field.

Editor's Note: Since this interview, Cooper has also earned another offer, this one from Arkansas.

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