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Chatting With Normal's Top Recruit Linebacker 6'3 Cooper Caraway Class Of 2024 - Name You Must Know

So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

Cooper Caraway Normal Linebacker Class Of 2024 6'3 225

Cooper Caraway how was your junior season? This season for me was awesome, not only because of the way I believe I played, but the experience alone playing on Friday nights this season was great. This was my first year as a starter, being behind Tye Niekamp last year, so being able to be in a spot to lead a defense and make a difference in big games was really awesome this season. What does football mean to you? Playing football all my life, the meaning to me has changed many times. From just being for fun when I was young, to thinking it was the end of the world losing a game in 8th grade. Now, football to me means a group of brothers, family, going out and putting everything on the line for each other, and that's what I love about it.

What should college coaches know about you? That my two best traits are the ability to be a leader, and being a very coachable fast learner. I've found with my football abilities, and my role at my position that I can gain respect from my teammates in order to be a good leader to help my team achieve a common goal. I can pick up things quick, and translate them to my game right away, which I think played a major part in my success this season. I also love the high pressure, nitty gritty situations when we need to grind out the rest of a drive to get a big stop, or make a big play, for example our two OT games against Danville and PND this season. What do you like about playing linebacker? I love having the ability to make a difference and make big plays in a game. I feel like I can be a part, or difference maker in just about every play except a pass 40 yards down field when the ball is already thrown. That's something that can't be said for a lot of positions.

What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason? Mainly my overall speed and agility. I'm pretty explosive in terms of changing direction or making a big hit from nothing when delivering a blow. But working on things to improve my 40 and staying glued on my guy in coverage have been the major focuses of mine so far this offseason.

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