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Haughton High School (LA) offensive tackle is in regular talks with Mississippi State coaches.

Mississippi State has some talented offensive linemen already in the 2017 boat, but the Bulldog coaches are still looking to land a couple more. One of the top targets appears to be Haughton, Louisiana offensive tackle Josh Cooper. If that Louisiana town sounds familiar, it should. Haughton High's favorite son is former Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott.

When Prescott finished up his high school career, Josh Cooper was still in middle school. While the two were never teammates, Cooper feels kinship with the iconic Bulldog. Seeing the success Prescott had in Starkville makes Mississippi State an attractive location. The fact that the Bulldogs have made him feel like a priority to them means even more.

"I have been talking some with Coach Dan Mullen and with Coach (John) Hevesy," Cooper said. "They haven't asked me to commit or told me that I need to, but they are always telling me that they want me. I can tell that they really want me to come there and play for them and that's important to me."

Following a big camp showing on campus at Mississippi State in June, Cooper reported that he was leaning towards making a pre-season decision. With his season opener mere days away, Cooper is not planning to make his college selection just yet.

"We are going to be having our jamboree this week over at Airline," Cooper said. "I am just not ready just yet to make my decision. I am probably going to do it during the middle of the season or maybe afterwards. I am just trying to focus on my season right now."

Cooper reports that the delayed decision should not be misconstrued as a lack of interest in wearing the Maroon and White of Mississippi State. The talented offensive tackle says that the Bulldogs remain in good standing.

"They are still the team to beat," Cooper said of Mississippi State. "I have been hearing a lot lately from Houston and ULL (Louisiana-Lafayette), but Mississippi State is still my leader. I just want to take some time to be sure about everything before I make my commitment. It's a big decision and right now I am mainly focused on my team and our season."

The 6-7, 350 pounder has the potential to play either tackle position once he gets to college. While Cooper has the versatility to play either side, he does have a preference. 

"I feel like I can play where I am needed, but I have always been the blind side protector," Cooper said. "I enjoy playing on the left side and I feel like that's where I can help the team the most. I am comfortable with that responsibility."

With his college announcement still weeks away, Cooper is eager to get to work on the gridiron for Haughton High School this fall.

"I am excited about the season and I think we're going to be pretty good," Cooper said. "Everybody has been working hard and I believe if we just play together well as a unit that we have the chance to have a good year."

Cooper currently holds offers from Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State and TCU. With the Bulldogs looking to take another tackle in the 2017 signing class, Cooper is certainly a name Bulldog fans need to watch.

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