For months now, the Michigan Wolverines continued to recruit 2021 four-star cornerback Omarion Cooper after he verbally committed to Florida State. Don Brown and company needed at least one more corner in this class, and Cooper was among the most talented of the bunch the coaching staff recruited.
But now the dream of getting two Florida State verbal commitments to flip to Michigan in the 2021 cycle is over, as Cooper officially signed his letter of intent to play at FSU.
The 6-foot, 170-pounder from Lehigh Acres, Florida committed to FSU back in June. Despite that, it never seemed like a strong commitment, which may be why the Wolverines continued to recruit him as hard as they did. There were talks of a possible visit to Ann Arbor this fall for the Wisconsin game, but he was unable to make that happen.
But there was still a chance for Michigan to flip him. The original plan for Cooper was to wait and sign his LOI in February during the traditional signing day, but those plans changed during the week leading up to this early signing period. All in all, this is a big missed opportunity for Michigan.
Three-star Ja’Den McBurrows continues to be the Wolverines’ lone cornerback commit in this class, so where do they go from here? Ceyair Wright, a four-star from California, is not signing during the early period, so he is still an option. But even Wright is a pipe dream at this point considering he is a West Coast kid who is likely to stay out there.
Other than Wright, the transfer portal is the only other real option at the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some offers go out this winter after some senior year tape evaluation, but it may be best for the coaches to dig deep into the transfer portal and see what options are out there.