July 12, 2007

USC extends offer to Tar Heel State lineman

Wilmington (N.C.) Hobgood Academy offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper now has three scholarship offers on the table with the latest coming from the South Carolina Gamecocks.

"So far, South Carolina, East Carolina and Duke have offered me," the 6-foot-3, 287-pound Cooper said. "I think Wake Forest is going to be the next one to offer, and I also like North Carolina."

Cooper, who bench presses 420 pounds, offered a breakdown of how he landed his USC offer.

"I knew they were close to offering, and the last thing they wanted to see before they did was to see how big my hands were," he said. "So me and my coach traced my hands and faxed it to them. Once they saw that, they went ahead and made the offer official."

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