October 14, 2007

Three-star safety takes in K-State

Michigan's loss was Kansas State's gain when Dallas (Texas) Skyline safety Keanon Cooper decided to cancel his visit to Ann Arbor and attend Kansas State's game against Colorado instead. The visit was his second official visit and he learned a lot about the Wildcats and Manhattan, Kansas.

"It was an alright visit," Cooper said. "I got a chance to see the city and meet some of the players. The fans out there are crazy. Seeing that many people at the game considering the student population and the size of the town was crazy."

Off of the field Cooper enjoyed the trip as well, especially some of the things he heard from the coaching staff.

"I sat down with coach Burns and he talked to me about what they do and how aggressive they are on defense," he said. "For the most part, I love the team and the coaches."

One area that was a cause for concern for Dallas native was the city itself.

"To be honest when I got there I wasn't really feeling the vibe of the city," he said. "It was a little dull the day before gameday. I gotta ask can I see myself living there for four or five years. It's a small town, and it there's not a lot of things to do."

The trip to Manhattan almost never happened for Cooper. He was initially scheduled to take an official visit to Michigan for the weekend but his schedule changed.

"I originally planed to go to Michigan," he said. "I was getting calls every week and we set up the visit but then I stopped hearing from them. I figured as the trip got closer they would at least call to remind me but they never did. Kansas State wanted me to come out there the same weekend so Sunday we decided to switch.

"When Michigan found out I had switched up the trip, they said they still wanted me to come up there," he said. "So I still want to get up there for an official."

Asked if he has found a favorite yet, Cooper is still hesitant.

"I can't really name any favorites yet because I've only seen some of the campuses," he said. "It would be biased of me to name any favorites until I go on all of my visits."

Cooper is a three-star prospect and rated as the No. 22 safety in the country by Rivals.com.

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