"I am just so excited about the future," Josh Cooper said. "At Mississippi State it just feels like a family over there. It's not just a football team. It's a brotherhood. I am happy to be a part of the Bulldog family now."
Cooper reports that his decision was extremely well received from Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen. The 6-7, 345 pounder says that it was easy to get caught up in the emotion of the moment when he shared the good word with the Bulldog coaches.
"Coach Mullen was really excited and I was too," Cooper shared. "It's huge relief to have this over with now and I am just ready to go. Coach Mullen told me that in the next four years they are going to make me a better football player and a better man. He told me that they are going to help me get better in every area."
Throughout the recruiting process, Cooper has seen several teams take a wait and see approach with him. Some solid progress in the classroom has now put the talented offensive tackle in a position to potentially qualify.
"I have to stay on top of my grades and get my ACT score where it needs to be, but I can do that," Cooper said. "I am going to do what I am supposed to do and if I work hard, then I know that I will be able to go D1 and be able to start going to school at Mississippi State instead of going to junior college. That's what I want to do too."
Cooper will put pen to paper on Wednesday as National Signing Day arrives and bring his college recruitment to a close officially. The talented big man joins a solid crop of offensive line prospects headed to Starkville. Coach John Hevesy has already welcomed offensive tackle Tyre Phillips of East Mississippi Community College and offensive guard Tommy Champion to campus for the spring semester.
Expected to sign on Wednesday along with Cooper are offensive tackles Montravious Richardson of Albany, Georgia and Cordavien Suggs of Jacksonville, Florida.
"I am excited about being a Bulldog," Cooper said. "I just feel like all of my hard work has paid off. I am looking forward to getting over there and getting to work."
Cooper collected several offers throughout his recruitment, but selected Mississippi State out of a final grouping that included Louisiana-Lafayette and TCU. He is currently the 21st member of the Mississippi State 2017 signing class.
Mississippi State fans should be familiar with Cooper's high school program at Haughton High. HHS produced Bulldog icon Dak Prescott who holds just about every offensive record in Mississippi State history.