Julian (Il.) defensive end Demetrius Cooper, one of the rising stars in Chicago high school football, has orally committed to playing for the Michigan State Spartans next season. The 6-5, 225 pound Cooper chose Michigan State over Ball State, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Purdue, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan. He will add his length and strength in the pass rush to a Michigan State squad that seems to be shoring itself up on the defensive end of the ball through their defense-heavy 2013 recruiting class.
Cooper will be joining ESPN 300 recruit Shane Jones, an inside linebacker from Cincinnati who is ranked number 13 at his position by Rivals.com, as well as a series of other top defensive prospects in East Lansing next season. Unlike Jones, Cooper may not be given an immediate opportunity to make an impact for the Spartans as he will likely red shirt during his first season. Cooper is still optimistic, recently telling the Chicago Tribune, “The coaches want me to work hard and come in and try to win a spot early. I know that if I work hard I’ll get a chance, and that’s all I’m looking for is a chance.”
Just days after receiving word of Cooper’s decision, Michigan State additionally landed a commitment from offensive tackle Dennis Finley out of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School. The 6-6, 275 pound Finley is a promising and athletic lineman whose explosiveness will hopefully develop him into a strong contributor for the Spartans, although he will also probably red shirt for his freshman year. Finley chose Michigan State over Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, and Kansas, amongst others.
Michigan State defeated Boise State 17-13 in their season opener on Saturday and will face Central Michigan this weekend.