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Crystal Lake South grad Fahn Cooper commits to Ole Miss football team

Fahn Cooper canceled his trip to Nebraska for next weekend.

The former Crystal Lake South offensive lineman had planned on making a fourth official college visit, but the trip to Lincoln is off after Cooper’s trek to Oxford, Miss. Cooper committed to Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze on Saturday morning before coming home.

Cooper (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) also visited Texas Tech and Oklahoma in the past two months. He caught NCAA Division I schools’ attention this fall at College of DuPage, a junior college in Glen Ellyn.

Cooper, a 2011 South graduate, spent two years at Bowling Green, one as a redshirt and last season as the Falcons’

starting left tackle. He was not satisfied with the program, however, and transferred to DuPage this year where he could play and not lose a year of eligibility.

“[The visit] just kind of showed me what kind of people the players and coaches are,” Cooper said. “I like that about them. I told coach Freeze I’m not trying to just be part of a program, I want to be part of a family. I feel like the future at Ole Miss is tremendously bright and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Cooper can sign his NCAA national letter of intent on Dec. 18, the day the signing period begins for midyear players. He will head to Oxford, Miss. for Mississippi’s spring semester.

The Rebels have freshman Laremy Tunsil, a five-star recruit, at left tackle now, so Cooper will have a chance to compete for the right tackle job.

“I like the idea of being bookends with a great player,” Cooper said.

In the SEC, Cooper will see some of the nation’s best competition every week. He also might get to play against his former South teammate Jake Bernstein, a starting guard for Vanderbilt. The teams played in a crossover game this season.

“I don’t look at [the SEC] as challenges, I look at is as an opportunity to improve myself,” Cooper said. “I’m looking forward to that competition. I’m very competitive.”

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