Fahn Cooper’s size and athletic ability caught the attention of numerous NCAA Division I schools, now comes the hard part.
The 2011 Crystal Lake South graduate, who played junior college football at College of DuPage this fall, arrived for his official visit to Mississippi on Thursday. He previously visited Texas Tech and Oklahoma and likely will finish his visits with Nebraska next week.
Midyear players can sign their NCAA national letters of intent on Dec. 18, so Cooper will have to choose a school soon.
“I like them all. All these schools are kind of right there with each other,” said Cooper, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound left tackle who played for a year at Bowling Green before DuPage. “I’m trying to keep my options open. I’ve only been here at Ole Miss for a couple of hours, but I really like it here.”
Cooper met former Crete-Monee star Laquon Treadwell, a freshman wide receiver with the Rebels, on Thursday. He may see another former Crete-Monee player next week at Nebraska, Matt Finnin, who was DuPage’s left tackle in 2012.
“I’ll probably take one more visit and that will be my last one,” Cooper said. “Signing day is so close. I’ll graduate here in December with my associate’s degree and go somewhere in January.”
Cooper redshirted a season at Bowling Green, then started at left tackle for the 2012 season. But he was unhappy with the situation there, so he transferred to a junior college where he could play, not lose a year of eligibility and gain exposure.
Big-time NCAA schools took notice right away. Cooper helped the Chaparrals to a 7-4 record.
DuPage assistant coach Kenny DuBose said in October that he recruited Cooper from Bowling Green on the advice to make academics the most important thing in his life.
“I told him ‘You’d be shocked at the schools that will recruit you’ because he’s an NFL kid,” DuBose said. “He’s strong, he’s got good hips, he’s really kind of developed into his own from where he was at South. Now he’s been coached up for about three years and he’s ready to roll. His whole demeanor and his goal has changed.”