Latreal Cooper: A&M RB Commit/Scouting Report

Cuero RB <b>Latrael Cooper</b>, a Scout.com Texas Top 200 prospect, opted to end the suspense early when he chose Texas A&M this past weekend. We talk about that and more in the report below…

The Aggies on the hunt for tailbacks filled a huge need when they inked one of the upper-echelon Lone Star State prospects at that position. While backs like Michael Goodson, Emmanuel Moody, Derke Robinson, Mon Williams and Vondrell McGee are receiving a good amount of the press, Cooper might have been the top tailback among the aforementioned group, prior to the start of the 2004 season. However, the 6-0, 210-pound running back, with 4.5-speed, tore his ACL in a scrimmage eliminating his opportunity to follow up an impressive sophomore campaign (1,500 yards rushing despite splitting time with two other backs.)

"We just took the screw out of his lateral ligament," Cuero head coach Mark Reaves told Scout.com. "He'll be cleared before 7-on-7 action, but I'm not sure if we're going to risk letting him play then. But he'll definitely be released to play before football season."

Scouting Report: "He's an Eric Dickerson-type runner," Coach Reaves said, "A phenomenal runner, great hands, good receiver, a difference-maker. He runs inside real well, can bounce it (to the outside), and can cut-it-back. We're a one-back/two-back offense. And when we're in two-back offense, we have the fullback blocking. In a one-back offense, he showed he's a good blocker. Sometime we'll have him block a linebacker or DE."


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