Cooper looking to take his game to next level

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature The Woodlands linebacker Perry Cooper. This is a TPI Premium article.

Even though they are coming off the bye week, The Woodlands football team still sits atop in the Greater Houston area in the rankings with a 5-0 record. Of course the Highlanders also have significant rankings in both the state and national polls.

But for all of the that to come to fruition, there has to be several key components for success. One of those key players is linebacker Perry Cooper

And while Cooper considers himself to be part of the defense, he is quick to say that he is only one of the 11.

"I think after looking at last year's team I think I would have to say that talent can only take you so far," Cooper said. "This year we have talent too, but I think we have a lot more chemistry. As for the defense, we have plenty of good players, but nobody really cares about that.

It's all about the entire defensive unit, not individual names."

On the defensive side, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cooper explained how all of this works. When he speaks of chemistry, every man has a role and a duty. This is something that must be executed for the team to have success.

Cooper elaborated.

"We keep everything 100 percent. Everyone does what he needs to do for the defense to work well," Cooper said. "We just stay within ourselves and don't try and do too much. Nobody is out there trying to be a hero, we just get to the right place at the right time. When we play like that within the system, good things happen."

Speaking of good things, while Cooper and Highlanders are seeing success on the field, Cooper has seen some satisfactory things happening off the field. 

Not only in the classroom, but with his college recruitment as well.

He has been in contact with a long list of schools including: Kansas State, Minnesota, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, UTEP and Maryland. Cooper is quick to not name a favorite, but has been gauging what programs are showing the most interest.

"Right now, Oregon State probably is recruiting me the hardest and are the most consistent," Cooper said. "They always make sure to keep contact. When they get tapes from me, they let me know. Other than the Beavers, I would say that Iowa State is next."

For now, there are no visits set, but Cooper does plan to fit them in sometime as the season rolls on.

Though he lines up at linebacker for The Woodlands, Cooper said that most schools would like him to play on the other side of the ball.

But he is well prepared for that transition.

"Most schools want me as tight end or an H-Back type player," Cooper said. "That's not a problem for me. I played tight end up until my junior year and I still practice catching the ball now. I like both sides of the ball and would not mind playing offense if that is what a college wanted me to do."

Cooper is averaging 6-8 tackles a game for the Highlanders. He and the team are getting ready for a big match this week against their in-town rivals College Park.

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