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Cooper Makes Return Visit to Starkville
Maurice Cooper profile "Mississippi State, Northwestern State, McNeese and a few other schools are recruiting me the hardest," said the Bogalousa, Louisiana product. "I ran a 4.43 at Mississippi State's camp then they got on me real big." Cooper reports that the Bulldogs began showing him attention and their attention has slowly built to a point that he believes he may earn an offer over the course of the season. "I am not sure how they heard about me, but they sent me a letter that I needed to come to their camp," said Maurice. "I went to the camp and then they pretty much demanded I come to the Big Dawg camp." The chance to compete alongside other prospects who are vying for the chance to play in the SEC was something Cooper relished. He believes the Mississippi State coaches saw him close to his best. "I feel like I did pretty good," said Maurice. "I played corner and then Coach Mullen had me go a couple of times at receiver. They wanted to see me on both sides of the ball." A former Bulldog player and current NFL starter is a family friend. "Ronald Fields used to be at my house when I was little," said Cooper. "We used to play Madden and things like that. He said he loved it at Mississippi State, so that excited me about going up there for the camps." A pair of Bulldog coaches are staying in touch with Cooper as the recruiting process begins to roll into the season. "Coach Knox and Coach Melvin Smith are recruiting me," said Maurice. "I was talking to coach Smith about once every couple of weeks and then Coach Knox when it was time for the camp." Cooper has lined up at several positions in his high school career. He expects to spend his college days on the defensive side of the ball. "They are talking about me playing corner and doing some work on special teams as a returner," said Maurice. "With my speed, they were talking about me returning some kicks." While the Bulldogs have not extended an offer, Cooper is pretty happy with where he stands. "I think I am in their top recruits at corner," said Maurice. "The first time went to camp I got invited back to the Big Dawg camp. Then I went up there and the head coach was talking to me at that camp. I liked that a lot. Coach Smith was talking with Coach Mullen about me, so that was good to see." Cooper earned all district honors last season as a receiver, so he is capable of making plays out in the pass pattern. While he is being recruited as a defensive back, he has no preference about his projected position at the next level. "I go both ways in high school," said Maurice. "It doesn't matter where they put me, I am going to ball. I am going to be in the backfield this year, so I am going to be working on getting that down to help the team."
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