Evyn Cooper holds 16 Division One offers. As one of the best players at Buford (GA) High School, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound playmaker has heard a lot of opinions on where he could make the biggest impact as a college football player.
"It's split down the middle," Cooper said of where he's being recruited to play. "I honestly just want to make an impact. There is one thing I can promise them, a hard-working, humble individual."
Cooper saw time for the Wolves at running back, receiver, quarterback, and cornerback. With just 40 carries to his credit, he made the most of his opportunities, gaining 530 yards scoring 10 touchdowns on the ground. With an offer from Missouri, he believes his skills would be a great fit for the Tigers offense.
"I like the way they spread the ball out," Cooper said of coordinator Josh Henson's attack. "They give each player an opportunity to make plays. They have tried to transition more to a running team, like others in the SEC, and they have elusive, big-play backs.
"When I touch the ball, I'm looking to score each and every time. God blessed me with a significant amount of talent, and I try to use it to my advantage. I just give God all the glory."
Cooper is also a standout corner for Buford. With his size and speed, he would match-up well with the bigger receivers becoming prevalent in college football.
"Being a extremely physical player, and the speed God blessed me with, allows me to make plays to help my team," he said of playing defense. "It gives me the opportunity to deliver the punishment, rather than take it. I'm sure most colleges love the possibility of having a big corner that can make big-time plays."
Cooper likes what the Tigers have to offer, despite not knowing where he might line up for head coach Gary Pinkel. Should he choose Mizzou, he's been promised an opportunity to see where he fits best, but the opportunity to see the field early is more important at this point in his recruitment than what position he might play.
"I love the college," he said of Missouri. "Learning the system is the easy part. Playing time is one of my bigger concerns. I want to compete for a spot as soon as I step foot on campus."
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