Cooper to visit Lubbock this weekend

Keanon Cooper is one of the top safety prospects in the state of Texas this year and the Dallas (Skyline) standout is ready for his third official visit, scheduled for this weekend in Lubbock, TX. The Red Raiders have been after Cooper hard throughout the entire recruiting process and are hoping to convince him that Texas Tech is the place for him.

"I've just been playing in All-Star games and working out since the season ended," Keanon Cooper said. "We had a really strong season this year. We went 12-2 and made it to the fourth round of the playoffs. That was the best season this school's ever had."

Cooper certainly played a major role in the success of that team in 2007.

"I ended up with 165 tackles, three interceptions, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, and one sack," he said.

Cooper, who also played in the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando in early January, is now trying to focus on the recruiting process.

"So far I've been to Kansas State and Minnesota for visits," he said. "My next one is this weekend to Texas Tech. That's all I have set up so far. I'm not sure about the next couple weekends yet."

Cooper, 6-feet and 195 pounds, said he's still talking to a few other schools for those final few spots.

"I'm really looking at six -- Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Miami, Texas Tech, and Kansas," he said. "They're all even right now."

Miami is a new school in the mix. He talked more about the Hurricanes.

"I don't have an offer from them yet but I've been talking to Coach McGriff," he said. "He's been staying in touch. He's talked about having me come down on the 25th but it hasn't been scheduled for sure yet. I'm supposed to talk to him later this week about it. He's been by the school and said he'd like to come by my house for a visit sometime."

Cooper said there's a lot to like about the Hurricanes.

"It's a great school and they've put out a lot of great players," he said. "Plus, they're recruiting a bunch of good ones. When I was at the All-America Game, there were a lot of players going to Miami and they were pretty good."

While not being ready to single out a favorite just yet, Cooper does know what he'll be looking for.

"First is the coaching staff," he said. "I have to feel comfortable with the guys who will be coaching me. Also the environment of the city -- can I live there for four years? Also the education and just the overall football program. I'll know more about it after I take more visits."

Inside the classroom, Cooper projects as a full qualifier with a 3.0 GPA and a 1400 (new) SAT score.

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