"I have been to a couple of their games and have been on their campus a couple of times," stated Cooper to PonyStampede.com. "I love their new coaching staff and their new offense. They have really nice facilities and that is the type of offense that I'm looking to play for in college."
Originally from Missouri, Cooper moved to Texas four years ago to play football in the mecca state for high school football. Right now the clear favorite for his services are the Tigers, but that is not keeping schools like SMU, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Nebraska, and Texas A&M away.
"I'm not for sure when the offers will start coming in, but when they do I think Vanderbilt and SMU will be the first ones," said Cooper. "After that I'm not for sure about anyone else."
When Cooper decides to make a decision, he will have some information from former SMU quarterback Logan Turner to go off of.
"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. I have talked with him a lot about it."
Last season for Springtown, Cooper earned unanimous first-team all-district honors 83 receptions for 830 yards and 7 touchdowns. A threat to also carry the ball, Cooper recorded 30 rushes for 200 yards and 5 tds.
Besides looking for a pass heavy offense, Cooper will also be looking for a school that has high academic standing. Currently he has a 3.0 GPA.
"The schools needs to have a good academic rep," said Cooper. "They need to be know for their academics and need to have a good medical program."
Unlike some recruits who either want to make a decision after their senior season or before their senior season, Cooper is just rolling with what ever comes along.
"I would like to make a decision before the start of the season, but if it comes down to waiting until after that, I don't have a problem with it," said Cooper. "Either way I'm still going to be focused on my senior year and I'm not going to be worried to death about it. A decision though would relieve a little bit of pressure."
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