Once again, the Texas Longhorns have landed an elite-level talent out of the St. Louis area, as 2019 wide receiver signee Marcus Washington’s former teammate at Trinity Catholic, athlete Mookie Cooper, committed to the Horns during a Junior Day visit on Saturday:
C O M M I T T E D #HookEm .. pic.twitter.com/7JI4Z57DE4— Mookie Cooper (@uheardof5) February 16, 2019
The 5’9, 178-pounder has been a target for Texas since he picked up an offer in September of 2017. After visiting multiple times, Cooper decided to shut down his commitment and join his high school teammate in Austin.
“I’ve been liking Texas since my sophomore year. I just didn’t know if I was ready yet. I flew out here three times. I haven’t been to many other schools as much and I just fell in love with the school itself,” Cooper told Orangebloods.
As with Washington’s recruitment, Director of Recruiting Bryan Carrington played a big role in getting Cooper to side with the Longhorns, as Cooper said that Carrington is both like a coach and a big brother to him.
Nearly 30 other programs offered Cooper, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
A consensus four-star prospect, Cooper is ranked as the No. 73 player nationally, the No. 4 athlete, and the No. 2 player in Missouri, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Cooper is the fourth pledge in the 2020 class, joining Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card, Prosper offensive tackle Jake Majors, and Helotes O’Connor offensive guard Logan Parr. With Cooper’s pledge, the group now ranks No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings.