Keanon Cooper the 5-foot-11.5, 195-pound three-star strong safety from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, has helped lead his team to a 7-1 record. Cooper has two interceptions, one sack, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt.
"Right now I'm just taking things as they come," Cooper said. "I want to take my official visits and really think about things after that. I really want to find a defense that I can fit in with and for coaches that I can see myself playing for. I'd like to get into a situation where the coaches will be around the whole four to five years I'm there - but who knows."
Although Cooper remains very open, he says he now favors Michigan slightly over Minnesota, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. All of his favorites have offered.
"Michigan started out slow, but have been on a roll since then," he said. "They are a winning program and have great tradition. They lost two games and didn't let that discourage them. Oregon is a legitimate team so losing to them isn't really that bad. I think they've got a good chance to still win the Big Ten."
Cooper, ranked as the No. 20 safety in the country by Scout.com, took official visits to Minnesota (Sept. 28) and Kansas State on Oct. 12. "My Kansas State trip was really good," he said. "I enjoyed hanging out with the players. They are all pretty cool and they get along really well. I also love their style of play and they have a great defense. I can see myself fitting in their schemes and making a lot of plays."
Although he doesn't have an official visit scheduled with Texas Tech, he says he may attend the Red Raiders game against Baylor (in Waco, Texas) on Nov. 3. "I've got cousins who play linebacker for both Texas Tech (sophomore Victor Hunter and Baylor (sophomore Antonio Jones), so I may go to that game and check them out," he said.
"I like Texas Tech because they seem to always be pretty good and they've got a new defensive coordinator and they've shown a lot of improvement on defense. Of course the offense is always good and always puts up over 40 points a game. Also they play a similar style defense that we run and I think I'd be able to learn everything quickly."
New to Cooper's favorites list is Nebraska, which he says hasn't really been recruiting him much prior to now. "I don't really know much about them because they haven't really been recruiting me hard," he said. "I probably heard from them at the beginning of the summer and that was it. Then today all of a sudden I get a call from (Huskers recruiting coordinator) coach Ted Gilmore. We talked for about 30 minutes and he says he thinks that I could step in and help them out on defense. I really need to learn more about them because I haven't been following them at all this season."
Cooper has also been following Kansas, the school which has actually impressed him the most. "You don't really hear a lot of hype about them, but they are still undefeated and are a top 10 team."
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1400 three-part SAT.