Syracuse received its second commitment of the 2024 class over the weekend, as Conwell-Egan High (PA) athlete Sam Cooper pledged to the Orange during his Junior Day visit.
“I just really liked the coaching staff and school,” Cooper said in an interview with The Juice Online. “I liked how honest and straightforward the coaches were with me.”
In particular, Cooper developed a connection with running backs coach Mike Lynch.
— Sam Cooper (@Sammycoop1230) January 28, 2023
“Me and him talk every day,” Cooper said.
Cooper plays wide receiver, running back and linebacker at Conwell-Egan, but will likely play running back in college.
“I’m willing to play anywhere on the field,” Cooper said. “Whatever to make the team better I’m willing to do.”
Cooper got to see the Orange first hand in 2022 when he was a guest of Boston College for SU’s regular season finale on Nov. 26. Syracuse won 32-23, scoring 26 unanswered points in the second half to pull away with the win.
The Orange used its run game effectively against the Eagles, as Sean Tucker finished with 125 rushing yards and two scores.
“When I was at the game, Syracuse played really well and came through to win at the end of the day,” Cooper said. “It was cool to watch.”
Cooper becomes the second commitment in the 2024 class, joining Syracuse (NY) Christian Brothers Academy wide receiver Syair Torrence.
Cooper said he’s felt the love from the Syracuse fan base since he committed, and looks forward to getting up to Central New York.
“I can’t wait to be there and show the same love back,” Cooper said. “And to be able to show the players and the fans that they didn’t make a mistake.”