Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard offensive guard Jonathan Cooper was one of approximately five dozen prospects in Raleigh over the weekend. The 6-foot-3, 287-pounder had a good time at North Carolina State.
"The visit was nice," he said. "They have great facilities, nice coaches and I enjoyed myself. I got there and they showed us around the facilities. Then they talked about how they'll change the program around and how we'll fit in.
"I did get to talk to coach O'Brien, the offensive line coach and others. It was nice talking to coach O'Brien. He's a very down-to-earth person and he talked like I was one of his friends. As for the offensive line coach, he said my height doesn't matter as long as I come off the ball aggressive and have good speed."
Besides North Carolina State, Cooper recently visited Duke.
"I went up there too and that was great," he stated. "It kind of stood out over the rest of the schools. I like how the coaches were so personable and discussed what we did wrong in our film and made me feel wanted."
The Carolina guard expects a busy spring and summer ahead as he plans to attend practice at South Carolina and Auburn. He's also looking at camps this summer at Florida, Duke, North Carolina and South Carolina.
With plenty of schools showing interest, what does Cooper want out of a college?
"The main thing I want is a good education and a full ride," he said. "I'd also like good facilities, patient coaches and a chance to learn the system and then play."