The Cougar staff hit the road yesterday, making rounds across the country to visit high school campuses for the May evaluation period.
You better believe this was a big deal to him.
“They flew in today this afternoon during school,” Cooper (6-4, 200) said. “Coach Mastro and Coach Mele met with my coach. I ran into them, but couldn’t say hello (NCAA rules prohibit extended interaction) but I called Coach Leach afterwards.
“It’s cool to see I’m such a priority for them that they flew all the way out here. They got here today and are leaving Thursday morning. It shows that I’m wanted there a ton.”
And during his conversation with Leach, the Cougar head man made that clear.
“It was a good conversation with him,” Cooper said. “We were just catching up, but he made it clear that I’m their guy. My coach told me Coach Mele and Coach Mastro want me up there as well. They came all the way out here just for me.”
It’s been a busy spring for Cooper, who was out on the Palouse for an unofficial visit last month. Just recently, he took trips to Georgia and Tennessee to check in with the SEC programs.
When he hasn’t been hopping on a plane to visit a college campus, he’s been working overtime in the gym to get himself ready for his senior campaign.
“I’ve been in the weight room a bit and I still am,” Cooper said. “I was at 175 to start off last season and now I’m around 200. I don’t regret not playing basketball and I’m not playing baseball either. I skipped both to get bigger.”
When does he anticipate making his decision?
“Things are heating up right now because other guys are starting to commit,” he said. “I mean, seeing other guys commit puts some stress on me, but I’ll make my decision when I’m ready. No matter what, I’ll do it before my senior season. I’m hoping by the end of June.”
Cooper is ranked the No. 25 quarterback prospect nationally, No. 9 in the West and No. 1 in Utah.
As a junior in 12 games, Cooper went 309 of 486 for 4,059 yards (64 percent) with 38 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.