We’ve already introduced you to two of the three 2019 recruits from Ohio that were on the Michigan State campus this weekend – CJ Kiss and Jeremiah Burton. Now it’s time to introduce you to the third – a 6’2”, 210-pound outside linebacker and running back from Reynoldsburg, OH. He runs a 4.70 40-yard dash and an 11.70 100-meter dash. He’s already camped at Michigan State once (and plans to do so again this summer). Let’s meet Dezman Cooper.
“I thought it was a good facility, a good school,” Cooper told Spartan Nation of what he thought of MSU. “I liked the weight room. Seeing a practice was cool and getting to meet all the coaches and Mark Dantonio was pretty cool because I’m used to seeing him on TV, so seeing him in real life was cool.”
Dezman says he’s been predominantly hearing from Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Mike Tressel. He camped at MSU last summer, and looks forward to doing it again this summer.
“It was awesome competing at linebacker and running back in an actual football stadium,” he said of the camp last year.
In regards to which position of the two he plays (OLB and RB) he’d like to play at the college level, Cooper explained, “Running back, but if they play me at linebacker then I’ll just play wherever they feel comfortable putting me at.”
Aside from Michigan State, Dezman is drawing interest from Cincinnati and his “hometown” Ohio State Buckeyes. Having interest from a school he grew up rooting for is special for him.
“It means a lot,” Cooper admitted. “That’s been my dream school, and if I ever got an offer from there, it would be really cool.”
“And it’s only like 30 minutes away, so it’s not far from home,” he continued.
Being at a school that his friends and family can watch him play at is an important component of his decision on where to attend. But optimally he’d like to attend a Big Ten school.
Dezman is also aware of some of the positives and negatives in his game.
“I think I read the plays real good, and that comes from watching the film,” he said. “When I get out there, I think I’m able to read what the team is doing.”
In regards to an area he believes he needs to improve on, he admitted, “I think I need to get a little bit more aggressive.”
Getting back to Michigan State, Dezman says a Spartan offer would mean a lot, but for a unique reason.
“It would be really cool because I’d have a chance to go against Ohio State, and that would be cool to get to play against a team from my hometown and one that I grew up rooting for.”
Dezman Cooper is a quiet leader. He’s humble and soft-spoken, but he’s a multi-position talent on the football field. He doesn’t have any offers yet, but that won’t last for long. We will certainly keep an eye on Dezman Cooper and let you know about any updates on his recruiting.