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Haughton, Louisiana standout offensive tackle Josh Cooper recaps his official visit to Mississippi State.

Perhaps the most impressive offensive line prospect to participate in the Mississippi State summer camp sessions was Haughton, Louisiana product Josh Cooper. The robust offensive tackle has remained in touch with the Bulldogs over the course of the last several months, but has stayed off of the media radar. This weekend, Cooper tripped to Starkville.

"I had a great visit up there," Josh Cooper said. "I enjoyed myself. My mom went with me and she got to see the campus for the first time. She really enjoyed it too. We all really had a good time up there. I got to know all of the coaches a little better and that was important to me."

Cooper reports that he enjoyed getting to learn some new things about the Mississippi State program and the Starkville campus. It appears that the behind the scenes tour was a hit with the 6-5, 320 pounder.

"It was good to get to see everything and to see some of the things that I had never seen before," Cooper said. "I really like all of the facilities and just the campus is. It's a great school and great campus. I really liked the dorms and all of the things we got to see."

Over the course of the weekend, Cooper was hosted by one of the Bulldogs top offensive lineman, Deion Calhoun. Cooper notes that Calhoun shared with him the ins and outs of the Mississippi State football program from a player's point of view.

"Big D showed me around and told me all about everything," Cooper said. "I learned a lot from him. He told me about how it is on and off the field there and about all of the things they do as a team. He showed me some things that a lot of people don't get to see and I appreciated that. I would enjoy having him as a teammate.

"He told me about the workouts and all of the things that they have to do to get better. He told me to come up there ready to work."

Before making the trip home, Cooper met with Coach Dan Mullen about the possibility of joining the Mississippi State program in the not so distant future. While the talented big man left campus without making a formal declaration, Cooper plans to announce his college decision later this week.

"Coach Mullen talked with me about committing and about making my decision," Cooper said. "I am going to make my decision this Wednesday. I am going to be picking between Mississippi State, TCU and ULL (Louisiana-Lafayette). I feel like those three are the best options for me."

Cooper is not planning to take any other official visits before making the call and is eager to get the recruiting process officially over. The official visit to Mississippi State was the only one Cooper took throughout the process, but the Pelican State standout took several unofficial visits early last year.


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