Havelock's Cooper, Coplon selected for Shrine Bowl

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM.

Two Havelock High football players and one from New Bern have been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl all-star football game Dec. 15 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Quarterback Pharoh Cooper and defensive back A.J. Coplon will represent the Rams on the 44-player North Carolina squad that will face off against a team of all-stars from South Carolina.

“It’s a big game for high school players, after their regular season,” said Coplon. “I’m going to showcase my cover skills and my speed.”

The players attended a Shrine Bowl combine in the offseason, and then were called back for tryouts. They had to go through speed and agility drills and strength tests.

Cooper, Havelock’s quarterback, committed to the University of South Carolina as a defensive back. At the Shrine Bowl, he said he would be in the secondary with his teammate, Coplon, who has an offer from East Carolina.

Cooper said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, while the speedy Coplon was clocked at 4.34 seconds.

“It’s going to be a great experience,” Cooper said. “There are going to be a lot of college Division I athletes in that game, so it’s going to prepare me for the best.”

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