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Rivals100 DB likely down to three

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Four-star St. Augustine (Fla.) defensive back
Willie Cooper has set up his first official visit and has two
more he says are nearly scheduled.
"I'll be going to Florida State on Dec. 20," said
Cooper, a member of the
Rivals100 team and the No. 5
safety prospect in the nation. "In a couple of weeks, I'll have visits set
up for Miami and Oklahoma."
Will there be any others?
"Maybe, but there's no one else even close now to
those three," he said. "I think it will come down to one of those."
Cooper (6-2, 190, 4.5) has always maintained the
Seminoles hold a "slight edge" in his recruitment as he grew up a fan of
Bobby Bowden's teams. But the other two apparent finalists have made the
decision extremely difficult.
"Miami's still pushing strong," he said. "They want
me bad, and they're letting that be known. When the best team in the nation
talks to you -- and that could be the case for either them or Oklahoma --
you've got to listen.
"I used to not watch much college football except
for Florida State, but I've been paying a lot of attention to (Miami and
Oklahoma) this year. I love the way their defenses play. It's different
styles, but both of them are real aggressive at it. Miami gives their
safeties a lot of freedom to move around and make plays. You get a chance to
make a lot of big plays. Oklahoma uses their safeties almost like outside
linebackers at times. They get to come up on the line of scrimmage and blitz
sometimes. I really like that.
"All three of these teams just look great. I've got
to go on my official visits and follow my heart."
Cooper, who also plays quarterback, has led St.
Augustine to a 9-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in Florida's Class 3A this
season.
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