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Cooper sure of two trips

Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill four-star running back Deontae Cooper still has plenty of question marks surrounding his recruiting.
But there are a few starting to come into focus. The 6-foot, 205-pound back that's ranked as the nation's No. 17 player at his position said he's sure about two schools he'll take official visits to.
"I know for sure I'm going to visit Arizona State and Washington," Cooper said.
"After that, I really don't know what I'm going to do. I have a lot of good offers and schools coming after me. I did pick up three more offers from Utah, UTEP and San Diego State."
Those offers are added to the group that have already offered. Those schools are Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Stanford, Washington and Fresno State. Cooper said Alabama, Florida, USC and UCLA continue to show interest through mail but have yet to step up an offer.
"Recruiting is always on my mind, and I was excited about the new offers," he said. "But my main focus is this season. I've been really busy with football, hitting the weights. I've been trying to get bigger, stronger and faster, but in the back of my mind, I've still been thinking about recruiting."
It's just that he's not ready to claim a leader at this point and isn't rushing into making any kind of final decision. While other Inland Empire backs have set up official visits, like Jordon James, or committed, like Deantre Lewis, Cooper isn't rushing the process at all.
"I've always said my season is my first focus," he said.
"We have a real chance to do something special at Citrus Hill, and that's what I want to make happen first and foremost. I'm excited about the recruiting process, but I have other things I want to accomplish first."
As a junior, Cooper rushed for 2,902 yards and 42 touchdowns.