November 28, 2006

RB Cooper setting trips?

New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy running back Graig Cooper signed with Miami last February and was excited about playing at "the U" in 2007. However, the firing of coach Larry Coker has put the nation's top prep player in limbo.

"Graig just took his official down to Miami and he's still committed but with Larry gone now, he's going to at least look at a few other schools," said Milford Academy head coach Bill Chaplick. "He's interested in Florida, LSU, Oklahoma State and Tennessee. Every school that has contacted me about film for my kids has asked about Craig first. He had an amazing year and if he's not the best running back out there I'd like to see who is."

Cooper has one official visit already set as he'll be in Knoxville on Dec. 8. The Vols seem to be the biggest threat to the 'Canes.

"Phillip Fulmer really wants Coop," said Chaplick. "I'm not sure what happened during his recruitment his senior year, I have no idea how badly Tennessee wanted him then. I just know they want him now."

And will he be able to take visits to the others?

"I'm not sure, so far it's Miami and Tennessee and he'll take it from there," said Chaplick. "LSU, Florida, Oklahoma State and a bunch of others want him to visit so we'll see what he can schedule and fit in."

Cooper rushed for 1,247 yards and 15 touchdowns during his prep year at Milford.

"He was outstanding since day one," said Chaplick. "He was the man for us because he showed up ready to work and kept working. Whoever gets him is getting a dynamic running back."



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