The Michigan State Spartans signed their twelfth commit on National Signing Day at 8:30 a.m., with Demetrius Cooper, the class of 2013’s no. 28 recruit for position and no.14 recruit for Illinois according to Rivals.com.
Cooper chose Mark Dantonio’s Spartans over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Purdue Boilermakers. He made the verbal commitment to the East Lansing team August 25, 2012, citing that he believed Michigan State to be the best fit for him both academically and athletically.
The three-star defensive end opted to move out of the state of Illinois, where he attended Percy L. Julian High School in Chicago, despite receiving a scholarship offer to play for the Northern Illinois Huskies.
This is Michigan state’s twelfth signee of the day, adding to a class of 18 players in total. Of the 18 signees, the 6’5″ 220 pound Cooper is the only defensive end to commit to and sign with the Spartans football team. He will join five defensive ends already on the Spartans team and fill the hole left by William Gholston who decided to forgo his fourth year eligibility in order to enter the NFL draft. Gholston collected 142 career tackles in 36 games with 24 starts. Cooper comes onto the team after recording 14 tackles including 2 sacks in his only 2012 appearance in a game vs. Hales Franciscan where he also scored on a 3-yard reception. Cooper will be a relentless pass rusher for the Spartans in the 2013 season.