June 16, 2006

Atmosphere, trust made the difference for Cooper

It's often the proverbial red carpet treatment that pushes some schools over the top during unofficial and official visits when hosting prospects.

But over the last 36 hours while in Clemson for the Tommy Bowden Camp, All-American linebacker Scotty Cooper felt something that was perhaps more accommodating, a sense of belonging that ultimately led to his decision to go public with his commitment to Clemson Friday afternoon.

"I just felt like Clemson was the place for me. It's just a feeling," Cooper told Tigerillustrated.com Friday evening following his departure from camp. "I called two coaches, first, coach (Dan) Brooks at Tennessee and coach (David) Reaves at South Carolina."

Cooper, who mulled offers from Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, Penn State, LSU, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, N.C. State and Kentucky before choosing Clemson, said he felt compelled to talk with the Volunteers and Gamecocks before going public with an announcement.

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