Junior linebacker Jake Cooper of Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood entered the season with one offer, but after a very impressive start to his season he has already doubled that total. Now with a number of other schools showing increased interest, Cooper may be close to seeing his recruiting process hit the next level.
"I picked up an offer from Pitt on Friday," said Cooper, who already had an offer from Temple. "The recruiting coach for Pitt from our area came to school and watched our first game. He offered me in school that day."
While the offer is new, Cooper already knows a few things about the Pittsburgh program.
"It's a great school," he said. "They have a great tradition football-wise. Things haven't been going their way, but I think they will switch some things up and will be ok. I gotta get over there to meet the coaches. I think it's a great program, great tradition, great school."
As mentioned, a number of other schools are also very aware of Cooper's quick start this season.
"I received a lot of interest as a freshman and a sophomore and I only had limited time at linebacker," said Cooper. "Since September 1st I have been getting bombarded with emails and handwritten letters. My head coach is releasing my first two games on-line tomorrow and I am expecting some offers to come in based off of my first two games."
Cooper specifically mentioned Stanford, Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, Virginia, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Florida State as schools that have been showing more serious interest recently.
This coming Saturday, Cooper will be hitting the road to check out the Stanford/Army game at West Point. He will also look to make plans to head out to Pittsburgh.
This recent increase of interest for Cooper is coming from his early performance on the field.
"I am right where I want to be," he said. "I started off the season well. I had 14 tackles and a sack in the first half of our season opener, then they took out the starters at half time. Then we just played North Penn and I had 13 tackles with another sack and a fumble recovery, but I only played three quarters because we beat them 49-3."
Cooper discussed the parts of his game that he thinks have improved since last season.
"I worked on my pass coverage, my footwork and all of my technical skills," he said. "I'm focused on taking on blocks and getting off them as well as keeping my feet underneath me. I am running very well. I feel fast and I've kept my weight."