As you already definitely know, because you have been reading all week on Maize n Brew about this, the Michigan Wolverines played host to prospects from all around the country last weekend for the BBQ at the Big House.
One player in the 2020 class, 4-star running back Mookie Cooper, was one player eager to learn more about the program and what it is all about.
“Had a meeting with coach Jay (Harbaugh) and the rest of the running backs there,” Cooper told Maize n Brew. “Watching a little bit of film on how (Michigan) uses their backs. Then we went outside and went over a couple drills. After that, we went to the Big House, looked at the field and took pics. Last, we went inside, ate some good barbecue, had a photo shoot and played some games.”
Cooper made it apparent that, while the event was about relaxing, socializing and having fun, it was also about getting to work. Seeing where these guys’ heads are at in the film room and on the field.
For Cooper, Jay Harbaugh did all the right things to make an impression on the St. Louis, Missouri native.
“He’s a good coach. He makes sure you fully understand what’s going on and doesn’t like when you don’t ask questions,” Cooper said. “I feel like that’s good because he’s always on his toes about making sure guys are in the right place and understand why they are doing something.”
Another thing Cooper was impressed about was the event’s location — the Big House.
“Big place, awesome place. You can tell the place is unique when you host national soccer games,” he said.
While the Big House is a “big” and “awesome place,” football is not the only thing Cooper is considering when it comes to finding his future school. He is specifically looking for “the best situation to be great academically and athletically.”
Other schools that are in constant communication with Cooper include Texas, Georgia, Nebraska, Florida State, Illinois and Missouri. Texas has both of Cooper’s current crystal ball predictions on 247Sports, so that is no surprise Texas was the first name he rattled off.
After the BBQ at the Big House, Cooper says he would place Michigan in his top 12 if he were to release a list today. He also said he is planning on coming back to Ann Arbor for a game this fall, but is unsure which game he will be attending.
Cooper is listed at 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds. He is the second-ranked player in Missouri, the ninth-ranked running back and the No. 91 player overall in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.