If there was a position of need in the Ohio State football team’s recruiting class for 2020, it was not at wide receiver.
Over the past eight months, three of the nation’s highest-rated receiver recruits had committed to the Buckeyes, including Julian Fleming, a five-star prospect from Pennsylvania who was considered by both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com to be the best prospect at the position.
Nonetheless, the Buckeyes added to their riches Monday when Mookie Cooper, a four-star receiver from St. Louis, announced his commitment in a nearly two-minute long video posted on his Twitter page.
Cooper revealed his commitment about a minute into the video when he fell into a backyard pool and yelled, “Go Bucks!”
Time to live my dreams #COMMITTED Thank YOU GOD @riofilmgod pic.twitter.com/TXtGaoeB2w
— M5’ (@uheardof5) July 8, 2019
Other top-ranked programs had coveted Cooper. When he released his top-five last month, it included Illinois, the University of Miami, Texas and Southern California. Both Alabama and Georgia had also extended scholarship offers.
The composite rankings compiled by 247Sports list Cooper as the 11th-best receiver prospect in the class of 2020.
The Buckeyes’ two other receiver commits for 2020, Gee Scott Jr. and Jaxon Smith-Njiba, are listed as the 13th- and 18th-best receiver prospects, respectively.
Cooper is the smallest of the four, listed by most recruiting services as either 5 feet 9 or 5-10, but was a big-play threat for Trinity Catholic High in St. Louis. He reportedly caught 28 passes for 834 yards and nine touchdowns, an average of nearly 30 yards per reception.
Ohio State needed to add a few receivers in its next recruiting class, largely due to expected attrition. Among the 11 scholarship wide receivers on the roster, four are seniors who will depart.