February 2, 2013

MSU commits: Cooper brings plus speed as edge rusher

This is the fifth in a SpartanMag.com series profiling the latest on Michigan State's 2013 verbal commitments, with insight from the commitments' high school coaches:

Demetrius Cooper of Chicago Julian is coming to Michigan State and his high school football coach, Jason Richardson, is eager to see how the 6-5, 220-pound defensive end will perform.

Richardson is convinced Cooper is going to shine as a Spartan.

This past season, Cooper only played in one game after having scar tissue removed from his knee. In that one game, he had 14 tackles. He played during week three against Galesburg after transferring in and taking care of eligibility issues. The Chicago teacher's strike also cut back on game opportunities for Cooper.

Richardson has coached Cooper throughout his high school career. Cooper transferred in from Morgan Park High School where Richardson also coached. At the 5 Star Central Showcase, prior to his senior season, Cooper was named the Defensive Line MVP.

Colleges recruiters started taking notice.

"He has great technique getting off the ball," Richardson said. "He gets off the ball real fast. He's a real speed rusher."

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