Recruiting: You'll Love Lavocheya

There was a name on the guest list for Oklahoma State's Junior Day last Saturday that we had not heard of previously. A little research showed us what the folks around Arp, Texas already knew and that is that Lavocheya Cooper is one tremendous college football prospect.

He has already won all kinds of honors for the Arp Tigers in leading them to an 11-1 campaign including a perfect 10-0 regular season before a second round playoff loss to Kirbyville by the score of 28-26. Cooper plays running back and free safety and does just about anything you can think of on special teams.

The 6-0, 177-pound Cooper was at OSU last week. The Cowboys have offered him a scholarship, while TCU and Missouri are actively recruiting him.

"I thought it was a nice campus," said the soft spoken Cooper. "I'd be willing to go there. I am looking to get my education, and I want to major in mechanical engineering. I've know for about a year that was what I wanted to study."

You can combine that intelligent approach and desire to get that education with football ability that figures to really give back to whatever school Cooper ends up attending.

Last season he rushed for 1,192 yards on 140 carries for an average of 8.5-yards a carry and 18 touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 52 yards and another score.

On defense he totaled 75 tackles (35 unassisted) with six interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Not done by a long shot, Cooper returned six punts for 143 yards and a 23.8 yard average. Schools quit punting the ball to him. On kickoffs it took them a little longer to learn as he had eight returns for 337 yards and a 42.1 yard average per return.

As a sophomore Cooper ran for 402 yards and 12 touchdowns while picking off three passes and returning one interception for a score.

Oklahoma State was the first Junior Day he attended as he continued telling us about it while watching his girlfriend playing in a softball game for Arp. His basketball season just concluded with a second-round exit from the playoffs.

"I thought it (OSU) was a nice facility and the coaches were really friendly," added Cooper, who is being recruited by Cowboys offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Joe Wickline. "They told me they wanted me to play free safety and that is good because that is where I play and that I could also play on special teams."

Cooper also runs track and used to play baseball. He reported that he has clocked a 4.4 in the forty and his most recent bench press max was 235 pounds with a squat max of 300 pounds. Those numbers are fine, but the football numbers are fabulous.

Cooper seems like an easy going young man, and one we predict will continue to get lots of attention from Oklahoma State and probably a lot of other schools.

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