The highest rated add yet to the 2020 recruiting class for Texas football came at Junior Day on Feb. 16 in the form of four-star athlete Mookie Cooper.
Not really an unexpected, but a surely huge commit came along for the Texas football program for the 2020 recruiting class amid a huge weekend of visitors for Junior Day. That commitment that came for the 2020 Texas football recruiting class was from the ultra-elusive four-star Trinity Catholic and St. Louis, MO, athlete Mookie Cooper.
The actual commitment for Cooper was announced on Feb. 16, which kicked off a now exciting weekend of festivities for Texas football for Junior Day. Cooper ranks as the nation’s No. 73 2020 high school prospect and the No. 4 overall athlete. He also ranks as the second best 2020 high school prospect out of the state of Missouri.
Moreover, Cooper was one of the bigger targets on campus this weekend that could add to the 2020 recruiting class for the Texas Longhorns. Although he stands at just 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, Cooper might be the most elusive skill position player in this entire recruiting cycle.
This commitment from Cooper automatically makes him the top ranked prospect in the 2020 Texas football recruiting class. The next highest-rated commit came from the four-star hometown Lake Travis High School dual-threat quarterback Hudson Card. There’s two other offensive line commits in this class for the Horns too.
This 2020 recruiting class for the Horns now ranks at No. 16 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings. The Oklahoma Sooners remain as the only 2020 recruiting class that ranks higher in the Big 12 than Texas football. Oklahoma and the Texas A&M Aggies both rank higher than head Texas football coach Tom Herman in the national class rankings, at slots No. 7 and 8 respectively.
But, this pledge from Cooper for the Horns was made over the likes of 26 other offers he held. The offer sheet for Cooper was pretty lengthy and also included big time programs like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Tennessee Volunteers.
It did look as if other regional programs like Oklahoma and Texas A&M were in the running to land the commitment from Cooper. But, both 247Sports and Rivals did favor Texas football over the competition for Cooper. The Nebraska Cornhuskers also looked to be a prominent player in his recruitment.
However, what Cooper is set to bring to the table for the Texas football program is a very versatile skill position threat that can fit in at running back or wide receiver. He could be a threat that fits a bill similar to that of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or the former Ole Miss Rebels standout Dexter McCluster.
What Cooper could also bring is the ability to make an impact on special teams and offense. He runs a fast 40-time, that was reportedly clocked at 4.4 at the Nike Opening last year. The point here is for Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck to get the ball to Cooper in the open field in whatever means possible. This is a big add for the 2020 Texas football recruiting class.