Former St.Louis wide receiver target is in the transfer portal


Former Trinity Catholic High School wide receiver and Mizzou target Mookie Cooper entered the college transfer portal Wednesday afternoon. A former top-100 recruit, Cooper should have plenty of suitors.

Cooper committed to Texas when he was a senior in high school initially, but then backed out of his commitment and landed at Ohio State. It is speculated that Cooper decided to transfer given he could not crack the receiver rotation in 2020 after not recording a single stat and the fact Ohio State is signing several more elite receiver recruits in their 2021 class including the No.1 wide receiver in the nation, Emeka Egbuka.

In addition to the crowded wide receiver room at Ohio State, It's also possible Cooper just wants to be closer to home. That leaves two very possible suitors. Mizzou and Illinois. Cooper originally put Illinois in his top five during his recruiting process, but that coaching staff was just recently fired and one of Cooper's high school coaches, Cory Patterson, was on staff and it is not known if he will stay or not. Now, Cooper did not include Missouri in his top five schools list back before he committed for the 2020 class, but that was also under the old coaching staff.

Eli Drinkwitz and Missouri have all the momentum in Saint Louis recruiting and the appeal of being close to home, playing in the SEC, and playing for a program on the rise with a quarterback that just made first team all-freshman could appeal most to Cooper, assuming Mizzou is interested. Missouri definitely has a need at wide receiver as well. Keke Chism and Damon Hazelton will most likely move on and Mizzou only signed one wide receiver for their 2021 class.

If Missouri does land Cooper, you can expect an immediate impact with even just a small role in Drinkwitz's offense. The 5'9", 190lbs prospect is short and stocky, but has very good speed and explosiveness that allows him to play either running back or wide receiver. A true weapon for any offense. Many have compared him to Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Cooper doesn't exactly have the speed of Hill but he moves in a similar way and has a similar build that allows him to be used all over the field.

It's hard to tell right now what Mizzou's chances will be, but you can bet there will be mutual interest if there hasn't already been some expressed.

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