Recruiting: Arp's Cooper Decides on OSU

Recruiting: Arp's Cooper Decides on OSU

Lavocheya Cooper of Arp, Texas has decided to commit to Oklahoma State over offers from Baylor, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, TCU, Texas Tech, and Utah among some others. We were unable to get in touch with Cooper but Dale Irwin, his high school head coach at Arp, said the Cooper's are in the process of moving and that he probably didn't have his cell phone with him.

"Yes sir, he did commit to Oklahoma State this morning," confirmed Irwin.

"You are getting a helluva football player, but also a heckuva person. That is the best thing about Lavocheya, as good a football player as he is, he is an even better person. I'm really happy for him because he is going to get a chance to play Big 12 football and get a heckuva education."

The 6-1, 188-pound Cooper has run a sub 4.5 forty and runs track at Arp and used to play baseball. He is very athletic. He lists a 255-pound bench press and a 400-pound squat as he has done a lot of working out over the summer. He also has a 3.2 GPA.

Cooper attracted plenty of attention from schools in recruiting from the beginning because of his performance during his first two years starting for the Tigers. However, with all the offers and the undeniable talent, Cooper did not get as much fanfare from recruiting media. On Scout he had two stories written on him and both came from Go Pokes.

There is plenty to write about and Cooper, who made an early trip to the Stillwater campus on junior day, is well accomplished on both offense and defense at the District 2A-19 school.

Last season as a junior he earned First Team Associated Press Class 2A All-State honors at defensive back and was All-District on both side of the football. He rushed for 1,602 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught three passes for 52 yards and another touchdown. On defense he had seven interceptions and returned three of those for touchdowns. He also had 72 tackles, 35 unassisted tackles, and three fumble recoveries. That is a total of 10 takeaways!

"He is a headhunter now," said Coach Irwin. "He will hit you. Oklahoma State is looking at him as a safety and that is where he should be playing. He plays running back for us and last year had over 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he was out at running back before the end of the second quarter in almost every game. He could have scored 50 touchdowns if we'd left him in."

He was equally as impressive on special teams with six returns for touchdowns, three punts and three kickoffs. On his six punt returns he covered 143 yards for an average of 23.8 yards a return. He returned eight kickoffs and averaged 42.1 yards per return.

"We've had faster players and we've had players with moves," said Cooper's head coach. "we've had players go on to college and play in the Big 12, but when he puts on the pads and plays football, I've never had a better pure football player.

"He's the best we've had, and like I've said he's a great person. You all will need to take care of him, keep him healthy and he'll have a great career."

As a sophomore, Cooper rushed for 402 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense he had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

Arp is a district favorite this season after going 11-1 last season before losing to Kirbyville 28-26 in a second-round playoff game.

We will try to get in touch with Cooper. We have left messages, but we've been told he is getting a new cell phone on Friday.

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