Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood has become a steady producer of top college talent in recent years. Class of 2015 linebacker Jake Cooper is hoping to continue that trend after attending several camps and taking a few visits this summer.
"Recruiting is going well," said Cooper, who is 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds. "I'm at a bit of a dry spot right now as camp is coming up, but I do have a couple more college visits planned."
Cooper has already taken visits to Penn State, Ohio State and Temple, and will hit the road again to check out Georgia Tech, Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Currently these seven schools are showing the most interest, as well as Nebraska and Stanford. Cooper also pointed out that Penn State is showing the most interest.
"Basically they've been telling me to keep doing what I am doing and I should have an offer," said Cooper, who already has an offer from Temple. "I went up to the camp and lit it up, and sat down in Coach Vanderlinden's office with Coach Butler and they said they are both coming to my first couple of games. Based off of how I preform will determine whether they offer me or not."
Going into the Penn State camp, and every other camp he attends, Cooper has a few goals in mind.
"I want to prove that I am a top contender," he said. "I also go to experience how the coaches interact with the players. But it comes down to me showing the coaches how well I can move, as far as agility and speed."
While it is still early in his process, Cooper is claiming that Penn State, Stanford, Nebraska and Virginia are his favorites.
Cooper will soon turn his full focus from recruiting to his junior season.
"I feel like a machine right now," he said. "We just switched our lifting coach about a month ago and I am feeling faster and stronger than ever. I'm ready. I've definitely worked to improve my pass coverage, and some minor tweaking in my technique, as far as stance and read steps. But the main focus this summer was getting faster and working on my coverage skills."