Cooper Clapp wasn’t in to football a few years ago.
He hated being an offensive lineman and wanted no part of the sport.
Clapp was urged to stick with it and trust the process.
And the Corunna senior is now reaping the benefits.
Clapp will be continuing his football career as a lineman at Ferris State next fall and was recently selected to participate in next month’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
“Coach (Chris Curtiss) told me that football could be my ticket,” said the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Clapp. “Ever since sophomore year really, I fell in love with the game. I’m in love with the game now and it’s my first love. Through weight training, I’ve grown tremendously. I came in benching 205 as a freshman and I bench 350 now.
“Last year I didn’t really get what I wanted, but this year it all came together.”
Clapp earned second team all-state honors while helping Corunna break several single-season school rushing records during a year it finished 9-3 and won a Division 4 district title.
Being selected to participate in the All-American Bowl capped the big year for Clapp, although he likely will not play in the contest because of concerns he wouldn’t be eligible with the MHSAA to wrap up his senior season by competing in basketball and track for the Cavaliers.
“It’s a pretty tough decision, but when it comes down to it I don’t want to let my coaches down who depend on me big this spring and big this winter,” Clapp said. “I just love my teammates and I couldn’t do that to them. I couldn’t just quit on them. It would kind of be selfish for me to do that even though it’s a huge honor. They all would support me with whatever I did, but I feel like I would be letting them down.”