As the 2019 class begins to wind down and the attention shifts towards the 2020 class, the Texas Longhorns have already taken one key step towards potentially landing one of their top targets.
On Christmas Eve, elite Saint Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic athlete Mookie Cooper announced his top 10 schools and unsurprisingly, the Texas Longhorns remain firmly in the mix, along with Nebraska, LSU, Florida, Illinois, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Missouri, and Alabama.
TOP 10!! #AMDG pic.twitter.com/yeB96OFs9G— Mookie Cooper (@uheardof5) December 24, 2018
A top 100 talent who has already taken a pair of unofficial trips to the Forty Acres in mid-June and for Texas’ Sept. 15 win over USC, Cooper is considered to be a Longhorns lean at this point in the process, with Texas owning each of his five Crystal Ball projections. It can only help the Horns’ chances now that Cooper’s teammate, four-star wide receiver Marcus Washington, signed his National Letter of Intent with Texas just days ago.
Listed at 5’9, 178 pounds, Cooper is a versatile offensive weapon who can be utilized in the slot or out of the backfield. As a junior, Cooper compiled 261 yards and three touchdowns on only 17 carries, and was even more explosive through the air, hauling in 28 receptions for 834 yards and nine scores. He also totaled 269 yards as a kick returner and another 217 yards as a punt returner, averaging 31 yards and 26 yards in each category, respectively.
Cooper is ranked as the nation’s No. 85 player, No. 5 athlete, and as the No. 2 player in Missouri, per the 247Sports Composite.