Missouri high on Texas 2010 WR wish list

It's all about wanting to come back home for one Texas High School 2010 Wide Receiver prospect. Clayton Cooper grew up in Missouri all of his life before moving to Texas three years ago. Cooper has always dreamed about being a Missouri Tiger, will the talented athlete get to realize that dream? Go inside to see why Missouri rates as Cooper's top school of choice.

For one Texas high school prospect there is one school that stands way above the rest.

It's an easy choice when you ask Springtown Texas wide receiver Clayton Cooper if he has an early favorite.

"No doubt it's Missouri," Cooper told InsideMizzou.com Tuesday night. "I grew up dreaming about being a Tiger, now I'm hoping I will get to live out that dream."

Cooper, originally from Edna Missouri moved to Texas over four years ago, one reason they moved was for football.

"We were living in a small town in Missouri and football wasn't king," Cooper said. "My parents thought that high school football in Texas would prepare me to play football one day at the University of Missouri."

Cooper, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete, who runs a 4.5 forty, earned unanimous first team all district honors as a junior with 83 receptions for 830 yards and 30 rushes for over 200 yards and 12 total touchdowns this past season as a junior.

For Cooper it's all about coming back home to Missouri, a state and a school that he has always loved.

"I have always thought I would come back home and play football for Mizzou," Cooper said. "Now I'm just waiting for an official offer."

It's apparent the Tiger coaching staff knows who Cooper is. He gets daily mail from the Tigers and a few personal emails from the coaches a week. He plans on attending Junior Day at Missouri this spring and will again go to summer camp in Missouri.

"I went to a camp at the end of the summer last year at Mizzou," Cooper said. "I got a chance to come back home for the Missouri vs. Buffalo game. I love the game day atmosphere; there is nothing that matches it"

Cooper recently returned from participating in the US Army All-American Junior Combine and feels that he turned in a pretty good performance.

"I was pleased with how I ran," Cooper stated. "We haven't got the results back yet, but I was confident going into the combine and confident coming out that did well."

While it's obvious there is one school that Cooper would prefer to attend, he is getting interest from a few others.

"Right now Texas, Baylor and SMU all seem very interested," Cooper said. "I went to two SMU games this past fall; I love their new coaching staff and their new offense."

Cooper also had a friend on this past SMU football team.

"Logan Turner and I are great friends," Cooper said. "Logan's dad is my head coach at Springtown. Logan has transferred, he's a great quarterback, and we threw catch with each other this morning."

Cooper feels that one thing that makes him a good wide receiver is his speed, and his willingness to go across the middle to make the tough catch.

"I'm not scared to make that tough catch," Cooper stated. "In fact I love making those catches."

Would Cooper make a quick decision if he was to get an offer from the Tigers?

"No doubt," Cooper said. "It would be a dream come true."

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