Midwest Coincidence
Keanon Cooper
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jul 4, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


"Minnesota was the first school to come after me," Keanon Cooper said. "And Wisconsin has been talking to me for a long time too and they really like me. I've developed a great relationship with (defensive back) coach Kerry Cooks. I love how they win and had a great season last year. They have a great secondary, which means they have great coaches..."

Keanon Cooper the 5-foot-11.5, 195-pound four-star strong safety from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, says he has approximately 22 scholarship offers with his latest coming from Iowa State and California just last week.

Cooper, ranked No. 43 in the Southwest by Scout.com and the nation's No. 14 safety, said he now favors Minnesota slightly over Wisconsin, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. All of his favorites have offered, plus several others.

"I'm doing a lot of research on these schools now," Cooper said. "I'm reading a lot of magazines and talking to people about it. I'd like to pick a school by the end of summer. I want to go to a school that has a plan for me and will implement me into their system and have my best interests."

The only school he's actually already visited is Texas Tech. However, Cooper's planning to attend the Alabama camp toward the end of July.

Cooper says that Wisconsin and Minnesota are recruiting him the hardest.

"Minnesota was the first school to come after me," Cooper said. "And Wisconsin has been talking to me for a long time too and they really like me. I've developed a great relationship with (defensive back) coach Kerry Cooks. I love how they win and had a great season last year. They have a great secondary, which means they have great coaches.

"I also really like the new coaching staff at Minnesota," he said. "I just get a good vibe from them and I'm interested to see how they do. That's the only downside…you don't know how good they are going to be because it'll take some time to develop."

Growing up, Cooper admits he used to follow Texas Tech and Michigan and loves the tradition at Ann Arbor. "Michigan is always competitive and play against top competition every week," Cooper said. "The coaches are great and they have been there a long time."

Another program that has great tradition that Cooper likes is Oklahoma. "Their tradition is outrageous," he said. "They have a history of great defensive backs and they are used to winning. They go to a BCS bowl every year."

Cooper says he'd prefer to leave the state but says it's a coincidence that the majority of his favorites are in the Midwest. "I wasn't really looking to the Midwest or anything," he said. "I did want to leave Texas and it just seems like those schools have been recruiting me a lot."

He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1400 SAT.



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