Coaches make Cooper's decision easy

Tristan Cooper committed to Arizona this weekend. Read on to see what role the coaching staff had in his decision and more.

El Paso (Tex.)  Andress 2016 defensive back Tristan Cooper was one of a handful of recruits on campus this past weekend and decided to end his recruitment on Saturday night.

“The visit was awesome,” Cooper said. “I went around with Kwesi Mashack first and he told me from the beginning that he was 5 for 5 on hosting recruits so he needed to make sure that I made it 6 of 6," Cooper said.

Cooper got to meet the coaching staff and each member made a major impression on him.

“I got to talk with Coach Williams and see some of the defensive back drills they do," Cooper said. "After that, I got to talk with Coach Yates and man what a handshake he has. My hand is still hurting.

“Then I got to meet Coach Rodriguez and he was the cool guy in the room. He seemed to be really comfortable with where things were standing and when I got to his house later that night, he asked me to commit and I was thinking about doing it the next day or Signing Day, but I just decided that there was no real reason to string this out.”

Cooper is already looking to the next phase of his career.

“I’m so excited to be a Wildcat," he said. "When they started recruiting me I kind of knew that I wanted to be there, but I had to see the campus first and it met all my expectations.

"There was just the fact that I was comfortable as well and I could see myself thriving in their scheme with all the defensive backs.”


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