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Millbrook High’s Corey Cooper has college options

December 22, 2012 

Millbrook wide receiver Corey Cooper has plenty of college suitors since he decided he did not want to go to the University of Louisville. Cooper had committed to Louisville, but later decided he wanted to play his college career closer to home.

“When I called Louisville to tell it that I had changed my mind, it was very understanding,” Cooper said. “The coaches told me that they still supported me and if I ever need anything, they would be there for me.”

Cooper said he is undecided on his college decision now and that N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest, East Carolina and West Virginia are showing the most interest in him. Most have offered scholarships.

“I’m really wide open at this point,” he said. “I’m still in the process.”

Cooper will be leaving for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game on Dec. 31. The Carson, Calif., game will be played at 9 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 4.

“I’ll be playing against some of the best players in the country,” Cooper said. “I am really excited to have the opportunity.”

Cooper caught 41 passes for 461 yards last season at Millbrook.

McNeil switches to LSU: Durham Hillside graduate Josh McNeil posted on his twitter account that he was no longer committed to Alabama and has committed to LSU.

McNeil, 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, was a junior at Hillside in 2011, but graduated early and played at Milford Academy in New York last fall.

McNeil tweeted on Thursday, “Just called coach miles feels good to hear his voice.” LSU is coached by Les Miles.

Murray leaves Wake: Former Leesville Road golf standout Grayson Murray is leaving Wake Forest University after one semester. Murray won the 2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state championship as a sophomore and helped the Pride to the team title as a junior.

He graduated from high school early and did not play high school golf during his senior year.

Murray played in three tournaments at Wake Forest. His best finish was eighth in the Bank of Tennessee tournament.

Wake coach Jerry Haas told the Winston-Salem Journal: “He’s OK academically but he just feels that Wake isn’t the place for him.

“I’m very disappointed in the fact that he didn’t want to stick it out but if he’s not happy then I don’t want to force him to stay.”

He is expected to enroll at East Carolina this spring.

Wrestling tournaments: The 41st annual WRAL wrestling tournament wraps up Saturday at Athens Drive High. Wrestlers from 37 schools are competing. The championship finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The Mark Adams Memorial tournament at Cary also continues Saturday at Cary High. There are 28 teams and the finals are expected to start around 1 p.m.

Holiday Invitational: The 41st annual Holiday Invitational basketball tournament begins Wednesday at Broughton High at 12:40 when Garner plays Goldsboro in a four-team bracket game. The tournament includes 20 boys teams, including two eight-team brackets and the four-team bracket.

An eight-team girls tournament is being played as part of the Invitational at Cary Academy.

Five other games are scheduled at Broughton on Wednesday: Leesville Road vs. Greensboro Dudley (2:20); Broughton vs. Person (4:00); Holly Springs vs. Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph (5:40); Oxford Webb vs. Clinton (7:20) and Word of God vs. Apex (9:00).

The girls games on Wednesday are Cary Academy vs. Hillside (2:00); Broughton vs. Holly Springs (3:30); East Wake vs. Charlotte Myers Park (5:00) and Rocky Mount vs. Greensboro Dudley (6:30).

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