Cooper Gets LSU Offer in Mail

LSU went down to the wire with Dallas (Texas) Skyline safety Christian Scott in the 2007 signing class and the coaches are looking to one of his teammates for 2008.

Keanon Cooper (6-0, 195, 4.4) played anywhere from the back line of defense as a safety to the front line as a defensive end last season, and currently he is playing at linebacker.


Last season, Mr. Versatility recorded 143 tackles, four sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns, one coming from a forced fumble and the other a blocked punt that he blocked, then picked up for a touchdown.


Cooper said his versatility is something that he thinks makes him a good, smart player.


"I watch a lot of film, so I think it makes me smarter and able to read plays better," said Cooper. "I think also my speed is a factor. You can make up for a mental mistake by hustling over to the ball. I also think the fact that I'm a leader out there makes me a good player."


Cooper is obviously a team player, switching positions so much to help his team win ball games, and you can bet that college coaches have taken some notes.


"We had some guys who weren't getting it done at certain position, so our coaches moved me there," said Cooper. "I played safety last year and then had to move to defensive end, so it's not like playing safety is something I have never done before. I think it also makes it hard for teams to game plan for me. They may game plan for me to be defensive end, but then I line up at linebacker."


As for recruiting, Cooper said he is up to 19 offers and the schools he has been in contact with the most are LSU, Alabama, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Georgia Tech and Michigan.


"I haven't started to narrow it down really because offers are starting to come in," said Cooper. "I talk with coach (D.J.) McCarthy from LSU. The last time I talked to him was when he came for a spring practice.  He told me that he liked my size and the way I move to the ball and my leadership skills on the field. They also noticed that I was the first to arrive and the last to leave."


Cooper said he has talked to Scott about the Tigers and based on what he has learned there are also some things that he likes about LSU.


"I like the fact that they have a good pipeline to the NFL," said Cooper. "They have a good coaching staff. They get a lot of games on TV and get all that exposure. They've always done well by getting to BCS bowls and they are always ranked really high. Basically they are overall a good program. Christian said that he had a real good visit when he went there and I'm pretty sure that's one of the places I'm going to visit."


Note** GPA 3.4/Taking ACT in June.


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