West Memphis (Ark.) linebacker Jarvis Cooper has been leaving his mark on both sides of the ball. On defense he has worked along the defensive line and at linebacker. On offense he has been a wrecking ball at running back.
At 6-1, 252 pounds, Cooper has attracted the attention of college coaches. Right now, he is focused on the classroom and his grades more than the recruiting process, but there are a few schools he has been keeping in contact.
"On the phone I'm talking to Arkansas and Auburn from time to time," Cooper said. "Recently I haven't been anywhere but I'm going to Auburn on March 30 and I'm going to Fayetteville March 9."
In addition to the SEC programs he has received interest from a number of college programs, and earlier in the process made his way to Memphis for an unofficial visit.
"I went to Memphis. It was fun," Cooper said. "I'd never been on the campus before. We went to the Liberty Bowl and we went to eat. We went to the game when they played Tulsa. There were a lot of people there and it was really exciting."
He is receiving most of his attention at linebacker, and this spring he is focused on taking his game up a notch for the 2013 season.
How does he plan to do that? How does he plan to top his standout 2012 season?
"From the people I talk to they told me the most important thing I need to worry about is my feet and legs," Cooper said. "At this point right now I work on getting faster and having explosiveness. That's the main thing I work on - my legs and footwork and running drills."