Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Cooper learns more about Arkansas, plans return trip
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --6/15/2011-- West Memphis LB Jarvis Cooper participates in the Clint Conque Football Camp held at UCA in Conway.
West Memphis linebacker and fullback Jarvis Cooper attended an Arkansas camp last summer but wasn't able to see much of the campus. That changed during his Saturday visit.
"It was fun, learned a lot and saw a lot of new things," said Cooper, who was one of about 15 prospects who visited. "They were mainly trying to get to know us. They talked about school and academics."
Cooper, 6-2, 235, 4.6 seconds in the 40 yard dash, worked out at linebacker while attending the Hogs' camp. He'll do that and more when he participates in a camp this summer.
"I'll play a little fullback, linebacker and defensive end," Cooper said. "We're going to rotate it around They really don't know. They said they were interested in me. Hopefully they'll be an offer on down the road."
An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All Arkansas selection, Cooper recorded 64 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup and 7 sacks while also playing on the defensive line last season. He was named the Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a nose guard.
He spent time with running backs coach Joel Thomas and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge during position meetings. Cooper said he couldn't make a judgment on the coaching staff after one meeting but said the visit was educational.
"Everything went smooth and we had real good conversations about a lot of important stuff." Cooper said.
Saturday's visit was the second time for Cooper to hear Coach Bret Bielema speak after attending a recent Razorback Club meeting in West Memphis.
"He's a funny coach, he has a personality," Cooper said. "At the meeting at West Memphis, he was cracking a lot of jokes. He was funny and had the crowd going."
Receiving an offer from the Hogs would be a proud moment for Cooper.
"It would make me know that I wouldn't have to leave home to play," Cooper said. "This is like my house, my home state. It would make me feel good about myself."