Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) collides with top-ranked Oscar Smith in Saturday's Eastern Region…
Meet 2012 Anthony Cooper
Bayside High's wide receiver Anthony Cooper is one to watch. According to his coach Darnell Moore, the junior finished regular season play at 31 receptions for 697 yards and nine touchdowns. A star on both sides of the ball, the 6-foot-0, 173-pound athlete also had two interceptions for touchdowns and two punt returns for touchdowns. "He's getting a ton of mail everyday but no verbal offers yet," says Coach Moore. "From as far west as UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska and most of the ACC and some of the SEC. The most mail is from Miami, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Louisville, UCLA and some others I cant think of right off hand." "Mostly the schools that I have been in contact with have been Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland," says Cooper. They came to watch me play a couple times." Here are his thoughts on the three: "Virginia Tech - it's an instate school and they have a good coaching staff. It's a good environment there. Virginia is a great school; great education. Everything about the school is great, and the coaching staff is good. Maryland is a good school, and I have been to that school a lot. That's a passing school, and for me playing wide receiver, I will be a great fit for them." Other interests include: "Syracuse - I love Syracuse. They are one of my favorite schools. I have liked Syracuse since I was little. It's a great school. Once I heard they were recruiting me and telling me how the coaches like me, I was really shocked by that. All their coaches are really cool. Some players from Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.), stopped by and told me how wonderful it is up there." "UNC – I would be excited about talking to UNC. It's a good school to go to. Not far from home. They got a good tradition over there." "Oregon – man I like Oregon a lot. They are a good school. They are working on me so it makes me feel good about myself. They are a team on the west coast and looking at me, it makes me want to play harder." While Oregon's recent letters have given Cooper extra motivation, being close to home is certainly a factor, he says. "That is a big factor. I got a huge family. It will be hard for me to leave and not see my family and have them see me play. That is a huge part of my decision." Eager to explore his options, the 2012 prospect has the biggest game of his high school career this Saturday: the Eastern Region D6 championship game against top-ranked Oscar Smith. "I mean it's going to be a huge game. I got to be focused. It's a hard thing to do but I think we can pull it together. " Scout.com will check back in with Anthony Cooper after the championship game to see what transpires from his successful junior year.
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