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Tristan Cooper

Tampa (FL) Plant is the defending 8A state champ in Florida, and the program held down the No. 14 spot in the nation at the end of the 2011 season. Plant already has ample talent returning this fall, although the roster got a nice addition recently from WR Tristan Cooper, a Louisiana transplant who just got offer No. 7. Details inside.

"I just got offered by East Carolina," said Tristan Cooper, who has a total of seven offers.

Arkansas State made its initial pitch with an offer yesterday, and Ball State also offered within the past seven days.

Cooper, who got his first BCS offer this spring from Iowa State, is both an academic and athletic standout, having received offers from Ivy League schools Harvard and Columbia.

He'll be a senior this fall at Plant, which is scheduled to travel to New Orleans in early September to face Louisiana Class 2A defending state champ John Curtis Christian.

While the contracts have not been signed for that game, Cooper put the chances of it happening at "90 percent."

The Plant/Curtis tilt is expected to be part of a doubleheader deemed as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic.

St. Paul's, a Class 5A school located on the "North Shore" area of metro New Orleans in Covington, could knock heads with Tallahassee Lincoln HS out of Florida in the other matchup.

The Sugar Bowl Classic, if things go through as expected, is actually in its second year of existence. In 2011, four in-state schools, including St. Paul's and John Curtis, participated.

Cooper - pictured again below - previously attended University Lab, which is expected to challenge John Curtis for statewide supremacy in 2A in 2012.

University is located on the LSU campus.

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