Budding star at Mizzou? Eli Drinkwitz gushes about Mookie Cooper's offensive potential
One of the more dynamic players expected at Missouri this season is Ohio State transfer Mookie Cooper. Cooper is looking to make an impact he hasn’t had the opportunity to make in at least two years.
He was ruled ineligible during his last high school season following a school transfer, and then didn’t catch a pass last season for the Buckeyes. But the potential is there.
A 4-star prospect, Cooper was ranked the No. 4 player in Missouri in the 2020 class and the No. 16 wide receiver in the country in the Class of 2020, according to the 247Sports Composite. He originally committed to Texas before he flipped to Ohio State and signed with the Buckeyes.
“Mookie Cooper was one of the most explosive football players I have covered in the Midwest over the last decade,” said Rivals Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt. “Built like a running back, he had the ball skills that allowed him to effectively play all over the field at the college level, from slot receiver to defensive back.
As Mizzou continued its spring practice on Saturday, coach Eli Drinkwitz told reporters that he’s in a class by himself. Cooper, who recently earned his number, called Drinkwitz after Thursday’s practice to ask about what the next installs at practice would be.
“If we were playing live, I’m not sure they’d be able to tackle him,” Drinkwitz said. “He’s on a mission right now, and I appreciate that. I’m on a mission with him.”
H/T Bennett Durando and Jack Soble.