The Ohio State Buckeyes have long been known for its defensive backs. However, with all the recent NFL Draft picks and incoming talent, it is about to be known for its wide receivers. Another big-time talent has been added to the mix, as four-star wideout Mookie Cooper has committed to the program.
The 5-foot-8.5 inch receiver out from Saint Louis, Missouri out of Trinity Catholic High School is listed by 247sports composite as the No. 64 overall recruit nationally, ranked as the No. 11 wide receiver and No. 2 player in his home state. Internally, 247sports has Cooper as the No. 126 recruit in the country, ranking No. 25 among wideouts and No. 3 in Missouri.
Cooper received a whopping 33 offers from different programs, including Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. After decommitting from Texas in early March, he had whittled his re-opened recruiting trail down to his final five in early June, with the Buckeyes making the cut alongside Illinois, Miami, Texas and USC. Cooper made an unofficial visit to OSU in late May, and after 2021 Buckeye commit Kyle McCord made the prediction on Monday that Cooper would join the program, he has now made it official.
Cooper participated in The Opening back in April, posting a 4.49 40-time with a 35.7 inch vertical. As an undersized receiver at just 5-foot-8.5, he could be an excellent slot receiver or could be utilized much in the same way the Buckeyes used Curtis Samuel. Cooper is joining an incredible 2020 receiving core at Ohio State that now includes a five-star recruit in Julian Fleming and three four-stars in Gee Scott Jr., Jaxon Smith-Njigba and himself.
Check out Cooper’s junior year highlights: