High-flying 3-star WR talks to CF.C, high on all things WSU

IN CASE IT hasn't sunk in after 11 states were represented Washington State's last signing class, there’s no limit on the amount of miles the WSU coaches will travel to go after a recruit. The latest example? How about a 6-4, 180-pound wide receiver 30 miles outside of … Buffalo.

Wazzu, with new inside receivers coach Derek Sage running the point, is going hard after a speedy receiver from New York, and he tells Cougfan.com he’s got a Pullman visit in the works.

Sage is continuing to use ties built during his time at Toledo now that he's at Washington State. One of his former targets at UT was wideout Jalin Cooper out of Medina, located about 30 miles between Buffalo and Rochester.  And Cooper has a powerful film.

“He was actually my first offer when he was at Toledo,” Cooper told CF.C on Sunday night. “It was funny because I sent him my film on a Wednesday and then I got the offer from him the next day. He was very impressed with my tape. Now he’s over at WSU. 

“He’s been telling me all about the Air Raid offense. How they throw the ball everywhere and how I could come in and catch a bunch of passes.”

Cooper landed his crimson offer about a month ago, with Sage extending him a schollie for the second time. 

The 3-star WR holds tenders from WSU, Syracuse, Boston College, Wake Forest, Buffalo and a handful of others.

“I know that Mike Leach is pretty much the inventor of the Air Raid,” Cooper said. “I’m in New York and it’s far away, but we’re going to try and take a trip out there soon. I’m hoping to get out there with my dad and brother. I want to go check out the school and see how the coaches interact with the players. We’re working on setting up a date.”

Cooper added that distance won’t play too much into his decision. The idea of staying close to home is nice, but he’s also open to venturing out on his own, he said.

“I’m the kind of guy who adapt to things pretty well,” he said. “Distance won’t be a problem for me. I think it’ll just be important to have the coaching staff wanting me to be there. It’ll be important to have a good relationship with them.”

Cooper and Sage are definitely building up quite the connection.

“I love his personality,” Cooper said. “He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s willing to work with his receivers. He’s knows the game so much. There’s a lot he can teach me. I also like how honest he’s been. He always tells you how it is.”

The two-sport standout (football and basketball) added that he’s eyeing a summer decision, with a commitment to his school of choice coming before his senior season gets underway. 

NOTABLE: WSU's 2017 signing class comprised recruits from 11 states: Arizona (1); California (8); Colorado (1); Florida (3); Georgia (2); Hawaii (1); Idaho (1); Louisiana (1); Iowa (1); Oregon (1) and Washington (2).

There are 27 known WSU offers out to wide receiver prospects: Click here

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