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Cooper still getting good looks

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Hayti, Mo., offensive tackle prospect William Cooper first popped up on the recruiting scene two summers ago when he starred at the Missouri summer camp.
Then early in the recruiting process, he reportedly picked up offers from Kansas State and Missouri. While those offers might not be officially on the table yet, the attention is still there for the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder.
"K-State still calls," Cooper said. "And Mizzou is still sending me stuff, but I'd say K-State is still on me the most. They're recruiting me pretty hard. I know KU has been sending me some stuff, too. I'm still talking to Mo Latimore at K-State.
"He was telling me he wished I would have gotten up there to camp, but my dad I are going to go up there sometime soon to just to check out the campus and see what it is like."
Cooper and his Hayti teammates smashed Brentwood 46-0 this past weekend in the first round of the state playoffs. Now Cooper said he's focused on helping his team win a state title.
"We're playing really well this year, and I'm playing both ways," he said. "I'm really worried about a state championship. The recruiting stuff will take care of itself. I hope we end up in the Dome, and I can show everybody that I'm one of the best players in the state."
Cooper said he's played well on offense, but it's on defense where he's done the most damage.
"I can't tell you how many tackles I have," he said. "But I've done some good things at defensive end. I've got six sacks on the season. I'm also now up to about 260 pounds."
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