Linebacker, Class of 2021
Dickinson High School, Dickinson, TX
At this point, the scholarship offers themselves aren’t a surprise for Dickinson (TX) three-star linebacker Keith Cooper. However, Cooper was caught off guard by one of his latest.
Cooper now claims nine offers, including from TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Kansas and Illinois. But he had no idea he was on Virginia Tech’s radar until the Hokies offered on Thursday.
It’s another option for Cooper to ponder. He’s in the midst of visits, with one more planned. For now, though, Cooper isn’t ready to take the next step in his recruitment.
“I’m looking for a coach/player connection,” he said. “Like, it’s more than football. And make sure that you’re set after football. I don’t care about location. The scheme, I really don’t care either, as long as I’m getting a chance to play at the next level. But I do like when I pass rush, they send me on blitzes, and how my high school has me as a versatile player.”
Others, namely SMU and North Texas, have offered since Virginia Tech. Cooper, though, likes what little he’s seen and heard from the Hokies.
“It was a surprise, because a certain number of offers, they didn’t talk to me like that,” he said. “But my head coach, he has a connection with them. He told me they were talking about me and recruiting me. So, it was sort of a surprise. I think it’s a great school and a lot of great players come out of that school.”
Beau Davidson, the Hokies’ former offense quality control coach who has since been moved to the recruiting staff, has been the main coach in contact. His connection with Cooper’s school partly led to the offer.
“He seems very interested in me and he likes my tape a lot,” Cooper said. “We talked when he offered me, and he was saying he likes my pass rush ability and how versatile I can be on the field. He said they need players like that on their defense.”
“Some schools are four-down, some three,” Cooper said....
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