Cooper Smith Commits to the University of New Hampshire
Portsmouth resident Cooper Smith has confirmed that he will be playing football for the University of New Hampshire. The offensive linesman announced his intentions on social media recently.
What Is The Story So Far
Smith played for the Little Clippers and Junior Clippers in his younger years. In fact, his mother, Andrea, was Portsmouth Youth Football president. His father also comes from a football background. Terry Smith played defensive tackle at college level for Plymouth State and Miles College.
Cooper moved on to St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., where he completed his freshman year of high school. Last season, he was a senior captain and helped his team to beat Catholic Memorial for a second successive victory in the Division I Super Bowl.
It has been reported that UNH got in touch with Smith in the fall, to offer him a scholarship. He then made his official visit to their campus earlier this month.
Where Will He Be Playing?
At 6 foot 3 inches and 315-pounds, the player is expected to be a guard at college level. He was a starter on the offensive line for St John’s Prep since his sophomore year and also gained recognition as Catholic Conference All-Star and as an All-Scholastic by the Boston Herald.
Smith thinks that he is best suited to playing as an offensive lineman for his college team. However, he doesn’t completely rule out the idea of playing in defense. He said that “I do see myself as an offensive lineman”, before adding that he will play wherever he is needed. Therefore, it remains to be seen where he ends up playing for his new team.
His coach at St John’s Prep was Brian St. Pierre, who as a player was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2003 NFL draft. He pointed out that UNH have recruited Smith as an offensive player but that he can play in both offense and defense.
In the last season, he has played in a number of positions; offensive guard or center, and defensive tackle. Will he see him playing in the future NFL odds on upcoming seasons? Maybe SuperBowl one day?
If so, in what position will he be playing by them? Time will tell what position he eventually makes his own, but for now we must calm our horses, as if we were waiting for the Kentucky Derby race.
What Has the Reaction Been Like?
The player confirmed the move on Twitter. He wrote that he is “very excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and football career at the University of New Hampshire”.
Smith went on to thank “all who have believed in me through this journey”. In particular, he sent out his thanks to his parents, St John’s Prep, and his teammates, as well as the UNH coaching staff. His tweet finished with the phrase, “can’t wait to be a Wildcat!”
It is worth bearing in mind that he will be joining a UNH team that includes local talents such as Stephen Hedberg and Christian Peete. What will he add to the team?
Former coach St. Pierre said that one thing that he always appreciated is that the player is “super-reliable”. He pointed out that “you never had to worry about anything” when adding him in to the offensive line. The coach also pointed out that he is a “great kid” who is quiet and humble.
Having grown up close to Portsmouth High School, Smith says that he has stayed in touch with many of the locals that he played with as they grew up together. Now that he is back home, a lot of football fans are expecting great things from Cooper Smith.
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