Another Colorado recruit getting looks

A few years ago, a little-known athlete from Colorado Springs decided to attend Washington, primarily over interest from Kansas State. When Roc Alexander made his decision, there was little fanfare. But when he came to Seattle, he made his mark early, and his career has been one characterized by speed, speed and more speed. There's an athlete from Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek by the name of Van Cooper, and the similarities between Cooper and Alexander are striking.

Cooper, at 6-1 and 190 pounds, is primarily a defender, having played linebacker, cornerback, free safety, strong safety and even defensive end for Cherry Creek this year. His physical numbers are incredible - 4.3 40, 280-pound bench and 36-inch vertical jump. "As I kick returner, I led the state with a 40.5-yard average," Van told He also had one 98-yard return for a touchdown.

Starting to get the picture?

So why does Cooper like defense so much? "I like defense because it's just chaos going after the ball," he said. "I'm physical, quick, hard-hitting - I can do everything." He is a first-team All-State pick and was a pre-season All-American pick by both PrepStar and SuperPrep.

The Huskies must've had Roc in mind when they saw Cooper on film. "Coach (Bobby) Hauck came by to see me," Van said. "He talked about academics and the environment up there. They are recruiting me as a linebacker or strong safety."

Missouri, Oregon and Washington are the schools recruiting Van the hardest right now. His only offer right now comes from San Diego State. "I've got a trip set up for Missouri in December and I'm waiting to see what Washington does," he said. "They told me that they are checking my grades and my core classes before I can visit there."

Van is wide open right now when it comes to a college choice. He also mentioned Nebraska, Arizona State and Colorado State as other schools that have expressed interest.

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