"Oklahoma and Iowa State still lead slightly for me, but I'll really know who my leader is when I'm done with my official visits. I think that's when I'll decide," says Cooper.
"Oklahoma has a really good OL this year…I think it's one of the best in the Big 12. Coach (Kevin) Wilson (OL) finds athletic guys for that OL and not just guys that are big. I liked the team chemistry that I saw there--that's a big thing for me.
"They're always in the hunt for a national championship and that definitely perks my interest.
"Iowa State is a real young team right now. They were a little down this year but they'll be up soon. I anticipate seeing a real bright future for them. I think it would be cool to be a part of a program like that. One where you go in when it's down and help bring it back up again.
"We've already got a our TE, Derrick Catlett, committed there, and although that will not sway my decision to commit there as well, it's always nice knowing somebody when you take that first walk into the door.
"I really like coaches (Tony) Alford (LBs) and (Barney) Cotton (off coord). Plus, graduate asst Bo Beck used to coach at my high school and I know him well.
"At this point, my top schools can change with just one visit."
Cooper will also officially visit Oklahoma State (12/4), Missouri (12/10) and Wisconsin (12/17).
Final SR (9-4) stats: 90% blocking
2.4/1000 SAT/no retest