Skyline High School lost to Plano 20-41 on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Div. 1 quarterfinals. "We went all the way to the quarterfinals and did better than people thought we would," Cooper said. "My season just ended, so now I'm really looking forward to shifting all my attention to recruiting."
Cooper, ranked as the No. 20 safety in the country by Scout.com, said he now favors Wisconsin, which has come back into the picture to lead slightly over Michigan, Texas Tech, Kansas and Minnesota. He has already taken official visits to Minnesota (Sept. 28) and Kansas State (Oct. 13), but says the Wildcats are no longer recruiting him. "I haven't heard from anyone at Kansas State in a while," he said.
"Before I would have said Michigan is my top choice, but right now I'm not sure," he said. "Coach Lloyd Carr retiring really put a wrinkle in my recruiting. I was gonna take an official visit there right after my season and now they are looking for a coach, so I'll probably take one in January.
"I talked to (defensive secondary coach) Vance Bedford about two weeks ago and at that time they were trying to get coach Les Miles, but I guess that's not happening because he signed an extension with LSU. I don't really know who they are talking to now. I'm just sitting back and waiting."
Cooper says he's already had in-home visits with Kansas and Wisconsin coaches last week. He hasn't set an official trip with either yet.
"Without a doubt Kansas has had the best season," he said. "They were under the radar and nobody really gave them much hype. They played a lot of young guys and did great. I think they opened a lot of eyes this year."
The only in-state school on Cooper's list is Texas Tech. "I love their high-powered offense and all they need is a defense to match," he said. "I want to be the guy to add a little spark to their defense and get them to be a national championship quality team."
Cooper says he plans to take all of his official visits before he decides. "I want to develop a good relationship with the coaches and the players," he said. "I also want to be in a nice environment and where I can have fun even after the season ends."
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1400 three-part SAT.