January 24, 2008
Cooper gets a second look from the Sooners
Oklahoma has always spent a lot of time talking about the crucial element of Senior evaluations. No player is better evidence that they are sincere in this line of thinking than Dallas Skyline four-star safety prospect Keanon Cooper. The 6-foot, 195-pound safety prospect had spent much of his Junior year at defensive end but after a year at linebacker the Sooners saw something they didn't see before.
They saw a linebacker after initially feeling, as most do, that Cooper was a safety.
"Originally they were recruiting me as a safety and now they are recruiting me as an Outside Linebacker. Most are recruiting me as a safety who can come down in the box," Cooper said. "They just got back involved with me a week ago last Monday. They basically told me that they weren't sure what position I would play previously. Last year they hadn't seen me in space, and weren't sure about me changing direction. This year they saw me at linebacker and saw me in the All-American game and had a source tell them that I could play linebacker.
"In a way it's kind of weird for me. My whole game is built around my speed. In order for me to play linebacker I'm going to have put on some weight. I don't want to put on that weight and lose my speed and athleticism.
"I'm not sure my body can carry all the weight."
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