Jonathon Cooper Excited About Buckeye Offer

By John Brandon on July 26, 2014 at 1:00p
Gahanna's Jonathon Cooper talks about his offer from Ohio State.
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Jonathon Cooper was all smiles following a strong showing at Friday Night Lights. He tried to contain his excitement as he announced that Ohio State had offered him a scholarship offer.

"I was kind of surprised, I mean I knew I did a really good job at the camp. Overall I'm just really excited to get an offered."

The 4-star linebacker/defensive end from Gahanna also holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Toledo. He's also ranked as the nation's 15th-best defensive end in the 247Sports Composite.

It's been quite a ride for Cooper over the last few months. We first spoke to him back in February after he had landed his first offers from Illinois and Kentucky, following a strong showing at the 'Best of the Midwest' combine. Since then, he has visited Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, while picking up a couple of additional offers along the way.

Cooper impressed the Ohio State staff at the June 8th camp, when he won the defensive line "smokehouse" race. Building on that strong camp showing, Cooper was great at Friday Night Lights and earned the scholarship he'd been working hard for.

Continuing with a a theme from many of the prospects, the atmosphere really impressed Cooper. "It was great," he said. "The atmosphere and all the people, going against the best of the best. Really a great experience."

One of the great things about an event like Friday Night Lights and all of these camps is the opportunity for the prospects to be coached by the Ohio State staff. For Cooper, it was an experience that he'll remember for a long time.

"You can see it in their eyes how much they care about Ohio State and that gets you to be a better play too. The feeling of being coached by them is really great. I like the coaches, I like coach Johnson, I like coach Fickell and just being with them is a great feeling."

Despite all of the excitement and multiple commitments, Cooper decided not to pull the trigger last night. 

"I did not commit," he said. "I'm going to take my time on it still. It's great that they offered me and everything, but I still want to take my time." He went on to say that he is looking to make a decision some time between his junior and senior seasons.

The Buckeyes offered and are recruiting Cooper as a defensive end, which he says is "great." He also worked out at linebacker last night, proving himself to be very capable at either position.

Cooper said that Ohio State is in a "good situation" with him after offering. Michigan will likely offer him soon as well, but the Buckeyes have established themselves as the favorite to land Jonathon Cooper, one of midwest's best 2016 prospects.

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KBonay's picture

Can't help but smile when recruits gush over the passion our coaches have.  Can't fake that. 

"You can see it in their eyes how much they care about Ohio State and that gets you to be a better play too. The feeling of being coached by them is really great. I like the coaches, I like coach Johnson, I like coach Fickell and just being with them is a great feeling."

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GABuckeye's picture

Is it necessary to say these kids have offers from Kentucky anymore???  I think it should be assumed by now!!!!

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703Buckeye's picture

Mentioning of any Kentucky offer on 11W should be called the "Waycracken clause."

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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MN Buckeye's picture
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Killer nuts's picture
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cinserious's picture

Haven't seen him in a long time.Different name?

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

buckeyedude's picture

I understand we can't get every recruit, but being that he lives so near to OSU, I hope he commits and stays away from TSUN.

 

 

brandonbauer87's picture

I'm a little uneasy about another John Cooper joining the team. I'm enjoying the recent success against TTUN. I guess I'm ok with it as long as we ALWAYS call him Jonathon. 

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BuckeyesMJ's picture

Let me get this outta the way now.........

B O O M

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Becool12's picture

This kid is gonna be a big time recruit... Don't be surprised when he has offers from SEC powerhouses like Bama, Georgia... And Kentucky

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osu407's picture

Letting a phenomenal recruit from Gahanna like Cooper go would be a shame and a loss for Ohio State. I would love to see him on the opposite side of the defensive line as Nick Bosa. 

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ODEEZ330's picture

Isn't he essentially a lock ? (Bad word I know)

O'Deez330
stark county football

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FROMTHE18's picture

We've had one Jo(h)n Cooper before, Im more than happy to welcome a second one into the family.

BUCKSOMIES's picture

It seems as though this too is Fickell's fault.

spqr2008's picture

I'm hoping he comes into The Game and destroys TSUN each year.  Thus redeeming the name.

Knarcisi's picture

Coooooooooooooooop!

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cinserious's picture

Larry Johnson is still very new at Ohio State but his impact is being felt every day. Not only is he one of the best recruiters in the entire country, but his fundamentals and technical skills teachings are second to none. Plus he develops such a personal repertoire with recruits and their families. Pair coach Johnson up with Urban Meyer and OSU, and he's capable of hitting a home run every single time. 

We haven't seen any concrete results yet as far as in-game impact he brings to the table, but all indicators point to him accelerating our D-line progress into the class of the entire country. Another year or two and the top SEC teams will be sending spies up North to gain a competitive advantage. 

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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