Highly coveted 2019 prospect wants to check out Clemson
Many of the nation’s best underclassmen high school players gathered in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday for the Under Armour Future 50 Combine.
Among the top prospects in participation was Shammond Cooper, a highly coveted linebacker in the Class of 2019.
The four-star from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, Mo., has collected around 30 scholarship offers. He is being pursued by a host of high-profile programs, including Clemson.
Brent Venables reached out to Cooper with a message before the Future 50 event.
“Coach Venables texted me and wished me good luck,” Cooper told The Clemson Insider.
Cooper (6-2, 200) is in the process of scheduling offseason visits and hasn’t yet set any dates. But he knows Clemson is one of the schools he wants to check out.
“I don’t have any (visits) planned right now,” he said, “but I know for sure I’m going to get down to Clemson and Oklahoma.”
It would mark the first visit to Clemson for Cooper, who received an offer from the Tigers in August.
“I want to get down and see the facilities, and get to talk with coach Venables and coach Swinney face to face,” Cooper said.
Besides Clemson, Cooper carries offers from Auburn, LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin and others.
Cooper isn’t in a rush to render his college decision with another year of high school still ahead. But several schools have separated themselves in the early going of his recruitment.
Which programs are standing out to him right now?
“Clemson, OU, Illinois and Ohio State,” Cooper said.
Cooper isn’t the only big-time recruit from Trinity Catholic considering Clemson. Cooper said one of his teammates – five-star athlete Isaiah Williams – is high on the Tigers, as well.
“We’re both very interested and talk about it as somewhere we can go together,” Cooper said.
Cooper is ranked by ESPN as the No. 100 overall junior prospect in the country.