December 11, 2007

Top safety has three visits left to take

As is the case for many seniors in the state of Texas, Keanon Cooper is about to begin adjusting to life without football. However, unlike most of his fellow seniors, Cooper won't have to live with that reality for long, as he will undoubtedly get the chance to play on Saturdays.

The Skyline product is one of the more highly recruited players in the state and holds offers from schools like Michigan, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Kansas, and several others. Though, to hear him tell it, it's as if he had no idea just how badly schools wanted his services over the last few months.

"I guess I had those two official visits during the year (Minnesota and Kansas State), but other than that, I didn't think about recruiting hardly at all," said the three-star prospect. "Our season's just been over for like two days, so I'm going to start thinking about it here this week."

The standout defender, who spent most of his time this year at linebacker, says Skyline's fourth-round playoff exit has been hard on him.

"It was a tough loss for sure," he explained. "I mean, my hat's off to Plano, they're a great team. We came out and played our hearts out, but unfortunately we just came out on the wrong end. I think it was 41-20 at the end. But, I'm not going to keep my head down, because we just had a 12-2 season and made it to the 4th round of the playoffs, which our school had never really done before, so we have to start feeling good about the work we put into this year and move on."

Cooper also took a moment to comment on the fact that he'll never wear a Skyline uniform again.

"It hit me pretty hard that I'm done with high school football because I have a great relationship with my teammates and my coaches," he said. "Especially my defensive coordinator, so it's hard to believe that it's all over. My coaches and teammates made me who I am today, so it's just odd to think that we'll never play together again. It's sad. It's just sad that I'm done with high school football."

However, as is often the case, as one door closes, another one opens, with the other door in Cooper's case being the opportunity to play on Saturdays.

"I'm looking forward to my official visits," he explained. "Like I said, I haven't really had the chance to think about it much over the season, so I'm excited about finding where I belong. I'm going to visit probably three more schools, and at this point, it'd probably be Michigan, Texas Tech, and Wisconsin. We'll see though, I don't have any set up now, but I'm going to work on that pretty soon."

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