Meadowbrook’s Brandon Cooper signs with Virginia State

Turning down opportunities at Roanoke College and Randolph Macon, Brandon Cooper signed a letter of intent to continue his education and baseball career at Virginia State University. The 2010 Meadowbrook graduate will predominately be a right-handed pitcher and designated hitter for the Trojans. Brandon has also played third base.

The son of Mark and Marie Cooper, Brandon has lived his entire life in the Bensley community, but he attended Benedictine High School as a freshman and sophomore before transferring back to Meadowbrook. “That was a life-changing experience for me,” he said.

Cooper’s education will be covered with both a baseball scholarship and academic grants. Brandon will enroll in the Honors program at Virginia State and will be a Provost Scholar in the fall.

Upon maintaining his academic standing, he will be eligible for the Presidential Scholars program his last three years.

Brandon’s high school coach, Drew Walker, expressed excitement over Cooper’s choice.

“Coach Morgan is building a really strong program at State,” he said. “They are heavily recruiting the area and are signing some really good players who, for whatever reason, have slipped through the cracks.”

An obviously proud Mark Cooper added: “We’ve always taught Brandon that if he took care of his academic business good things would happen. His mother and I are very pleased with the opportunity afforded Brandon.”

As for Brandon, he said: “I’m excited about getting started. It will be nice playing close to home.”

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