Keanon Cooper the 5-foot-11.5, 195-pound four-star strong safety from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, took his first official visit last weekend (Sept. 29) to Minnesota.
"I really enjoyed myself," Cooper said. "The city and the atmosphere there is great and I really liked the game day atmosphere too. It's just a great place for football and you really get a sense of team spirit."
The Gophers had the unenviable task of taking on Ohio State that weekend, but Cooper, Scout.com's No. 17 safety, came away impressed with the enthusiasm of their fans. "The fans support them no matter what," he said. "The stadium was packed and the fans never gave up. Also, I really liked all the love that we got there too. There was about four of us from Skyline and maybe about 10 total recruits there and we got a lot of love. They chanted our names during the pre-game and even had signs with our names on them.
"Right now Minnesota is probably my top choice, but that's just because I already visited there."
The Gophers now lead slightly over Wisconsin, Alabama, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Michigan. Cooper says he plans to visit Michigan for the Purdue game on Oct. 13, but the date isn't 100 percent yet. "It's not official yet," he said. "I really want to see what the game time experience is like at Michigan and get a feel for the whole school. They seem to have gotten back on track this season and the coaches are really coming after me hard."
Despite the Wolverines comeback, Cooper admits it's another Big 10 team that has impressed him the most. "Wisconsin is still undefeated and they are living up to the hype they had last season," he said. "They are proving that they belong among the best teams.
"I've also been impressed by how quickly Alabama has turned things around," he said. "They are doing really good right now.
"Oklahoma was blowing teams out until they lost to Colorado, but they probably should have won that game," Cooper said. "The loss is gonna set them back a little, but they always bounce back and I think they'll finish strong."
While the Gophers may be Cooper's top choice now, he admits that his top six, all of whom have offered scholarships, aren't set in stone. "I'm still pretty open so things can still change," he said. "I just want to take my official visits and see which schools are recruiting me hard and see where I'm the most comfortable."
Skyline High School is currently 3-1. Cooper has two interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovered.
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1400 SAT (three parts).