Cooper Researching Top Schools

Dallas, Texas native Keanon Cooper currently holds 19 written scholarship offers from schools all over the country and is in the process of researching each school extensively to see which he thinks fits him best. Oklahoma is one of the schools that Cooper has near the top of his board and he expanded on that recently for

The safety position has become more and more prevalent in today's football landscape with players like Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins, Rodney Harrison, Sean Taylor, Troy Polamalu and Roy Williams making huge impacts for their respective NFL teams. The days of a safety being a literal description of the position entails are over and versatile athletes that can play the pass as well as be a defensive weapon are at a premium.

Skyline High School athlete Keanon Cooper is the type of player that definitely fits the mold of the modern day safety. The 5-foot-11.5, 195-pound safety has excellent ball skills, can rush the passer and is a force against the run, as evidenced by the obscene production he had as a junior. Right now Oklahoma is a school that Cooper is taking a long, hard look at despite the fact that he grew up rooting for the Longhorns.

"One thing I really like about Oklahoma is that they have a great tradition of putting out quality defensive backs into the NFL," Cooper said. "You look at guys like Derrick Strait and Roy Williams that they have put into the league and it is impressive. My favorite team is the Cowboys and my team uses me the same way they use Roy Williams a lot of the time. I have started at defensive end, linebacker and safety over the years and play all three positions, so I am versatile enough to rush the passer, play up in the box or just drop back in coverage."

"I also like Coach (Chris) Wilson my recruiter," Cooper added. "I think he is from the same area as me and came up like me, so I can really relate to him when we talk and he can do the same with me. He and the rest of the Oklahoma coaching staff have really been giving me my space and haven't been pushing me like some other staff have which I really like. Another thing about Coach Wilson is that he just comes off as a very genuine person to me. The vibe I get from him is great."

As mentioned, Cooper has 19 offers at this point and while it has been previously reported that he has favorites right now in recruiting he stated that all schools are currently on the same level that he held significant interest in. At this point he said the schools he was most interested in are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Texas Tech and Oklahoma, who he hopes to visit soon.

"I haven't been to Norman before, so I would like to get down there as soon as possible and see what I have been hearing so much about," Cooper explained. "I have heard that there aren't many distractions there which is something I really like and if I can get transportation to visit I will be doing it very soon. Oklahoma is a school that is always in contention for the BCS and has a tradition of winning, so even though I grew up rooting against them as a Texas fan, I am definitely being unbiased right now and giving them a fair chance because they have a lot to offer. I just want to go to a place where I can win games and Oklahoma is definitely an option. I purchased two books to read up on schools, so I plan to do that this summer, take all five official visits and then decide, however those plans could change any day for all I know."

Keanon Cooper finished his junior season with 143 tackles, nine interceptions, five fumbles caused, five recovered fumbles and four sacks. He also had a blocked punt for a touchdown. He benches 260 pounds, squats 375 and has a 28-inch vertical jump.

Cooper also excels in the classroom where he reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1400 SAT score.

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