Keanon Cooper, the 5-foot-11.5, 195-pound four-star strong safety from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, will be taking his first official visit on Sept. 29 to Minnesota for the Ohio State game.
"I really like the relationship I've built with the coaches," Cooper said. "They are a young team and I want to see how hard they fight this season against the top teams. I'm still debating whether or not I want to go into a situation where a team is rebuilding.
"That's the thing about Michigan right now," he said. "They are 0-2 and are really struggling on both offense and defense. It looks like they might be heading towards a rebuilding time. I want to see if they can bounce back. They are a program that is capable of finishing fast once they start clicking."
The school that has impressed Cooper the most thus far this season is Georgia Tech. "They came out and put a whupping on Notre Dame in the first game," he said. "They are looking really good and are playing like a top team. They are trying to prove they belong and I think they'll have a great season.
"Same with Oklahoma," he said. "They have started really strong and look like a top team this season."
Another school that has impressed Cooper is Alabama. "The new coaches seem to be doing pretty well already," he said. "I was there during the summer and I really liked the vibe on the campus. It's exciting there and (head) coach Nick Saban is a cool dude. I also really like the renovations they are making around the campus. I liked the city a lot more than I thought I would."
Cooper, ranked No. 52 in the Southwest by Scout.com and named the No. 17 safety, says he has a verbal offer from Alabama but "it's nothing official". "Coach Saban pulled me away during the summer and said he's really impressed by me and that they plan on recruiting me hard this year. I took that as a verbal offer and I think a verbal offer from coach Saban is as good as a letter."
The Crimson Tide are the only school in Cooper's top six that hasn't officially offered. He says he now favors Wisconsin slightly over Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma. Cooper has 22 total scholarship offers.
"I have a great relationship with the coaches at Wisconsin, especially (defensive backs) coach Kerry Cooks and (head) coach Bret Bielema," Cooper said. "Everybody said that they had an easy schedule last year, so I want to see how they look this year against the top teams. They have a top five defense, but they didn't do very well against UNLV. They were probably just underestimating them and didn't play their best."
Cooper says he hopes to set up more official visits soon. "I have two Thursday night games this season, so I'm gonna try to set my visits up for those weekends," he said. "Right now I'm not really any closer to a decision. I just want to make sure I'm comfortable and I want to take all the trips and compare everyone."
As of Sept. 1, college coaches could start calling recruits again and although Cooper says he's gotten a few calls and adds "it hasn’t really been overwhelming. I've only heard from a few schools so far."
Skyline started their season with a 51-13 smashing of Samuel High School in Dallas. Cooper had one interception and next up is Arlington.
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1400 SAT (three parts).