Keanon Cooper the 6-foot, 195-pound three-star strong safety from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, has just under 20 scholarship offers and continues receiving more.
He favors Wisconsin slightly over Minnesota, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Michigan, Georgia Tech and West Virginia. All of his favorites have offered as well as TCU, Arizona, Ole Miss, Duke, Purdue, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Tulsa, Kentucky, Kansas, Colorado and Louisiana Tech.
"I'd like to learn more about these schools and get comfortable with them," Cooper said. "I really read every piece of mail I get and want to know everything I can about these schools."
The only school in his top five that he has already visited is Texas Tech, when he saw the Red Raiders' spring game. "They were the first school to offer me and I've always kind of liked them," Cooper said. "They are about six hours away, but that's not a factor. I've been all over the country and location isn't going to matter."
The other school that Cooper says he always liked is Michigan. "My favorite player was Charles Woodson," he said. "My brother is also an Ohio State fan, so it was always fun to watch the big rivalry game. They have great players every year and get great exposure. They are always on TV and I like the coaches a lot too. They know what they are doing."
Cooper, ranked No. 41 in the Southwest by Scout.com, doesn't plan on attending any camps this summer because he doesn't want to interrupt his workout schedule. "I just want to concentrate on getting bigger, faster and stronger this summer," Cooper said. "That’s' the only thing on my schedule. I'll take my visits in the fall."
One schools Cooper will most assuredly visit is Wisconsin. "My father lives there and I just got to know him in the ninth grade," Cooper said. "It would be great to play college football and build my relationship with him. They had like the No. 5 defense in the nation last season, so they must be doing something right. They've got coaches who I could probably learn a lot from."
Cooper finished his junior season with 143 tackles, nine interceptions, five fumbles caused, five recovered fumbles and four sacks. He also had a blocked punt for a touchdown.
"I play smart," Cooper said. "I watch a lot of film and work hard. I try to pay attention on the field and am always moving to the ball. I have great speed and an very physical.
"But I still want to work on my cover skills and work on getting back in coverage better," he said. "I also want to get stronger overall."
He benches 260 pounds, squats 375 and has a 28-inch vertical jump. Cooper says he runs the forty in 4.5.
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1400 SAT. He is taking the ACT on June 9.