Recruiting: Bassett Still Getting Attention

Tight end and defensive end Cooper Bassett of Tuttle, Okla., is a nice prospect that I had a chance to speak with Sunday evening in doing research for SuperPrep Magazine. Bassett will be ranked in the top 50 among players in the Midlands in SuperPrep. He is also a player that has committed early, but as he told us that hasn't completely shut down the recruiting activity for him.

"Even though I committed to Kansas State early I've still had calls from a lot of schools," said Bassett. "Kansas and Oklahoma State have offered me scholarships and LSU, Texas Tech, Missouri and OU a little have kept recruiting me. I knew if I committed early there would not be much attention but it has been a little surprising. It's not as much as some of the other players out there that haven't made a commitment."

Bassett is a 6-5, 235-pound very athletic big man. He runs a 4.75 in the 40-yard dash and has a 39-inch vertical jump. His strength numbers are solid with a 280-pound bench press and a 420-pound squat max. He also plays basketball as a post inside and throws the discus for the track team at Tuttle. Last season he had 12 receptions for 185 yards with four touchdowns. On defense he had 56 total tackles, six sacks, and three fumbles recovered.

Why did Bassett make his pledge so early to Kansas State in a year where most prospects are waiting later to decide? "Kansas State is in a small town and that fit me just right," said Bassett. "I felt with what Kansas State has and with my size, ability, and my work ethic, I think my work ethic is one of my biggest strengths, I could play early in my freshman and sophomore seasons. Academically, they had what I was looking for and the support from the coaches and everybody was top notch."

So, is Bassett completely through with recruiting? "It has been an awesome experience," said Bassett of recruiting. "I would say my commitment is solid. It would take somebody showing me an opportunity, an even more perfect situation than what I have to get my to reconsider. It's flattering that even after my commitment that schools are showing interest in me."

Talking to a coach from a school outside the Big 12 that went through Tuttle, he said that Bassett is well worth taking an interest in. We also know that OKlahoma State and the coach recruiting Bassett, tight ends coach Doug Meacham, are still working to show the Tuttle product a better opportunity.

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