Just days after hinting at a looming pledge, St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic wide receiver and one-time Texas Longhorns commit has announced that he’s taking his talents to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Miami, USC, Illinois, and Texas were each included in Cooper’s new-look top five released in early June, but of course, now find themselves on the outside looking in.
In March, just weeks after announcing his initial commitment to Texas while on a visit for Junior Day, Cooper re-opened his recruitment, citing that the decision was simply made too soon. However, Texas remained heavily involved with the top-65 national prospect, and was among his unofficial top three, he told BON’s Joe Hamilton just days ago at The Opening while wearing Texas shorts.
“I just need that feeling again. Nothing needs to change about Texas,” Cooper told BON of how the Horns can re-earn his commitment. “When I go back up there, if I feel I’m ready. There’s nothing wrong with Texas, they don’t need to change anything.”
With Cooper now committed to Ohio State, the task of flipping him back to the burnt orange nation becomes much, much taller. Cooper did tell BON that he plans to officially visit Texas during the season, but those remarks, of course, came prior to his pledge to the Buckeyes.
If that door does happen to be entirely closed this time around, look for the Longhorns to placed increased emphasis on speedy Missouri City Fort Bend Marshall receiver Devon Achane, who’s electric skill set could be utilized in the slot and out of the backfield as a hybrid H-Back, similar to how Texas may use Jake Smith.