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Posted: Wednesday February 3, 2010 7:57AM; Updated: Wednesday February 3, 2010 8:21AM

S Cooper to sign with Nebraska

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Corey Cooper will choose Nebraska over finalists Illinois and Notre Dame

The hard-hitting safety also received offers from FSU, Tennessee, Stanford

Cooper said the Cornhuskers felt like the right fit, Nebraska "like home"

By Kristian R. Dyer,

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Corey Cooper, one of the nation's top safety prospects, will announce at a Wednesday press conference that he is committing to the University of Nebraska. The native of Maywood, Illinois is a four-star recruit according to

"I just found that I really like it there," said Cooper. "The team, the school, the coaches, everything about it I liked. Nowhere else could beat Nebraska."

Cooper, who listed Illinois and Notre Dame as his other finalists, is a hard hitting safety with an impressive 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame. The consensus No. 2 player in the state behind USC-bound wideout Kyle Prater, Cooper said he held off announcing his decision because several programs that had recruiting him for a while had continued to pursue him hard. Despite that, he felt the Cornhuskers were the right fit for him.

"I've never seen a crowd or anything like what I've seen at Nebraska," Cooper said. "It's crazy how much they love their team."

Cooper's recruitment went national this past spring when he received offers from programs such as Arizona, Florida State, Michigan State, Stanford and Tennessee. Notre Dame came for an in-home visit. But in the end, after talking about it with his family, Nebraska just felt like "home." He was recently on the roster for the USA v. The World all-star game in Florida but did not play after dislocating his finger in practice.

Cooper will have a 10:00 a.m. CT press conference at his high school today to make his decision formal and sign his letter of intent. He plans on majoring in business when he arrives on campus this summer.

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