OU visit makes Cooper decision difficult

OU didn't earn commitment from juco offensive lineman Fahn Cooper but did just about everything else right.

Everything was great for College of Dupage (Ill.) offensive tackle Fahn Cooper on his official visit to Oklahoma.

It wasn't one thing, he said. It was a combination of everything. All that was left was a commitment but that is still up in the air.

No matter how much he enjoyed the visit, he had told himself before the trip he wanted to explore more options. The weekend has made it tougher for him to stay with that line of thinking, but he's going to do so.

"I want to take all my visits," Cooper said. "I, at least, want to take one or two more and see how I feel about everything."

Cooper visited Texas Tech last month and said he really wants to see Ole Miss but no details have been set regarding a potential visit.

What is known is how much he liked his visit with the Sooners, being hosted by freshman linebacker Jordan Evans on Friday and offensive tackle Daryl Williams the rest of the weekend.

Cooper has been through this process before. He knows coaches are going to tell you everything you want to hear. It was important to hear it from Evans, from Williams and others about how it really is at OU.

"They had a lot of positive stuff to say," Cooper said. "They answered all my questions. It was really good to hear."

Cooper said he enjoyed the atmosphere at OU for the game against Iowa State. He liked a lot of the little things such as honoring the military and things of that nature.

As for the game itself, it's tough to be an offensive lineman and not enjoy that 405-yard rushing performance.

"That's what I'm all about," Cooper said. "If it was up to me, we'd run it 75 times a game. That's the type of blocking that's fun to do."

With a Saturday morning game, it changed up the usual routine of a visit. Cooper didn't get to really experience the campus until Sunday. And that's when it became hard for Cooper to not commit, but he stayed true to his word.

"The tradition of the offensive line is something," Cooper said. "Seeing the pictures of all those first-round draft picks and seeing how many of them are offensive linemen is something you can't ignore.

"Coach Bedenbaugh was saying even now they have great guys, guys that are going to make the league. And that they wouldn't recruit any juco guy they didn't think could come in and make an impact."

Cooper originally played at Bowling Green, even started all 12 games as a redshirt freshman last season. But he didn't like the environment and decided to test the recruiting waters once again. He is set to be a mid-year enrollee no matter where he attends.

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