Michigan is making Saint Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic 2020 four-star running back Mookie Cooper a priority.
During the BBQ at the Big House on July 28, Cooper sat down with running backs coach Jay Harbaugh to watch film and talk about how he would fit in the offense.
“We watched a little bit of film on how the running backs are used at Michigan,” Cooper said of his time with Harbaugh. “We went outside and went over a couple drills. After that, we went to the Big House, looked at the field and took some pictures. Last, we went inside for some good food, had a photo shoot and played some games.”
Since Michigan offered Cooper during his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor on November 25, he has bonded with Harbaugh. Jay’s father, coach Jim Harbaugh, has also been a pivotal point in the four-star running back’s recruitment.
“Coach Jay is a really cool dude,” Cooper said. “He just talked to me about how I would be used in their offense as it is changing. He also talked to me about making sure I look into schools deeply and seeing which schools are real when deciding where I will continue my career.”
The 5-foot-9, 178-pound halfback has offers to play for Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Cooper said visiting for the barbecue changed his view on the Wolverines.
“Michigan is a great place,” he said. “I got to meet more of the coaches and learn a little more.”
The Trinity Catholic star will return to Michigan for a visit during the 2018 season.
“I want to see some good football and get to see the offense and how I will be used firsthand,” he added.
Cooper is ranked No. 91 in the nation, No. 9 at his position and No. 2 in Missouri, according to 247Sports Composite. The only player ranked higher than Cooper in Missouri is Saint Louis (Mo.) DeSmet four-star wide receiver Jordan Johnson.