May 11, 2006

State's top linebacker sees Bowden, Swinney

Lake City athlete Scotty Cooper bagged another big offer on Thursday, a full ride from LSU, following a visit to his school from Tiger assistant Doug Mallory.


"That was big. When LSU offered, that was big," Cooper said. "They're big time, and they have a great football program."


But the morning visit from Mallory was just the beginning of a long day for the state's No. 1 rated linebacker, as later in the day Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden came, along with assistant coach Dabo Swinney. Also N.C. State head coach Chuck Amato was in, along with Wolfpack assistant Dick Portee.


"Coach Swinney was in the office with my coach talking to him, then coach Amato walked in, and it was all four coaches in there at the same time," Cooper told Tigerillustrated.com in a Thursday night interview. "Coach Bowden told my coach he was ready to see me up there on an unofficial visit again. Coach Amato told him the same. They want me back on their campus again."

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