The Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood linebacker picked up his eight offer Friday from the Cavaliers…
Offers, interest piling up for Cooper
Steve Devlin has known Charlie Noon since their days at St. Joe's Prep in Philadelphia where Devlin, now the leader of Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood, coached the future Rutger's defensive line coach. They kept in touch as each went their separate ways, but were united again by Wood class of 2015 linebacker Jake Cooper, who picked up a Scarlet Knight offer Wednesday after Noonan turned Rutgers onto the three-star junior a few weeks ago. "Rutgers faded away for a little bit, but then Coach Noonan got in contact with Coach Devlin, and things started rolling from there," Cooper said. "After that, [Rutgers assistant head coach Norries] Wilson hit me up on Facebook, and he's been the main guy I've been talking to since. "He came to my school Wednesday and talked to my coach, who told me Rutgers had pulled the trigger." It's offer number seven for the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder and second in as many weeks from a program in the Big Ten, which Rutgers will be soon. That's a big deal, as the interior linebacker desires to play in the storied conference. "Rutgers is a local team, and I got a few teammates up there," Cooper said. "I like having family and resources nearby if needed, and Coach [Kyle] Flood and all the coaches at Rutgers know what they're doing putting the program in the right direction. "I want to play for a great school, and Rutgers would make it really easy for my parents to get to." Flood recently spoke at the All-Catholic banquet in Philadelphia, and the presentation didn't just give Cooper another chance to bump into the Scarlet Knights' leader, but also an opportunity to hear what he called a "powerful speech" from Flood. The Rutgers coach spoke of following a dream, no matter what others think, just as he did to become a teacher and coach at St. Francis Prep in New York in 1993. The linebacker also knows plenty about Wilson, a coach he has built a relationship with since the day he stepped foot on the program's Piscataway campus last spring for a visit. "I know Coach Wilson very well, and he's been around for the whole process," Cooper said. "He came to the school a couple times, and when I went to Rutgers over the spring, he was the guy that took me around. It was great." Penn State and Georgia Tech also stopped by Wednesday; assistant head coach and linebackers coach Brent Pry made his first stop in the area for the Lions, while Yellow Jackets quarterback coach Bryan Cook made the trip north. "[Pry] seems like a very down-to-earth guy," Cooper said. "I didn't know who he was or what he looked like, but when he walked in the door, he carried himself with a presence and was very upbeat. "He told my coach they are going to get back in touch next week and might offer." Cook, meanwhile, informed Cooper through Devlin of Georgia Tech's broadcast communication options, which was of particular interest because the junior plans to major in the field. The Yellow Jackets have yet to offer, but one could be coming soon, as Cook informed Devlin the program would be in touch later this week. "Georgia Tech has a lot to offer, and Coach Devlin said spoke very highly of the school," Cooper said. "All coaches do that, but at the same time, he gave a lot of information about the academic things they have to offer. "They have a lot of broadcast facilities right across the street from campus, and that was very cool to hear and would be a great resource to have." As for visits, Cooper is trying to work a few in around an on-going wrestling season, which hits the post-season in two weeks. Though none are planned, trips to Penn State and Rutgers are likely to come either during the winter or spring. Maryland and Virginia are slated to be at Wood Friday.
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