Ohio State football target Ernest Cooper, 2022 DE, values education over just a ‘crazy good’ program: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Defensive lineman Ernest Cooper of Martin High School in Arlington, Texas can be described as a ‘go-getter’, ‘hard-worker’, and ‘all-around guy’ with over 20 offers to prove it, including Ohio State football.

Yet, a big factor in his decision will not be the success of the football program, but the opportunities and academics the university will provide.

“(My parents) told me to take my time,” Cooper told cleveland.com’s Kayla Harvey. “They’re not going to influence it at all, it’s going to be my decision and one of the most selfish decisions you can make in life because it’s going to be about you and your next four years.”

Cooper was offered by defensive line coach Larry Johnson during a phone call in May. With coaches able to contact recruits directly starting on Sept. 1, daily conversations between the two has become a priority.

“Like it is with

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