August 2, 2012

Chicago duo stops by Purdue again

Each time three-star teammates Demetrius Cooper and Khairi Bailey visit Purdue, they come away feeling a little better about the Boilermakers.

And the latest trip was only less than an hour, as they stopped by West Lafayette with teammates on their way elsewhere.

"This is the third time around and more impressive than the first two times there," said Cooper, a defensive end like Bailey at Julian High School in Chicago. "They showed us more about Purdue University, more that I had never seen before. They just keep impressing me more and more."

Cooper, a speed-rushing end at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, is likely favoring Michigan State over the Boilermakers, and he has offers from Iowa State, Notre Dame and others, as well. But he'd like an opportunity, if it works out, to play with Bailey at the next level, and currently the duo shares offers from Purdue, Iowa State and a couple others.

Bailey, a bigger D-end at 6-3, 240 pounds, says he's being recruited by the Spartans, but as a defensive tackle. And Mark Dantonio and Co. would like to see his first three games at Julian this season before deciding on whether to offer.

"We want to play with each other," Bailey said of Cooper. "I don't have a Michigan State offer, but Michigan State is No. 1 on his list, so I guess he's still trying to look for a place for me. And Purdue is still in good shape on his list too."

Bailey says Purdue and Iowa State, which he plans to visit again before the start of the season, are at the top for him. He says he likes what he's seen from the Boilermakers, and on the latest visit, he checked out more of athletic facilities, including Mackey Arena.

For Cooper, Purdue continues to make positive impressions, and the Boilermakers might be closing the gap on Michigan State. But he says he's not naming favorites as of yet.

Purdue, though, is intriguing.

"They say they want both of us to come in and play early," Cooper said, "and that's what we both want to do. We want to go to the same school, but if things don't work out, it will be all right. But that's our plan. I know Purdue wants both of us."





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