I just felt like I didn't want to wait any longer if I knew. —Cammon Cooper
The most highly recruited quarterback prospect from the state of Utah in quite some time has decided which college he’ll attend.
Lehi signal caller Cammon Cooper, who holds scholarship offers from around the country, announced via Twitter on Sunday that he has committed to play for the Washington State Cougars.
For Cooper, who led the Beehive State with 4,036 passing yards in 2016, the decision largely came down to the fact that he’s used to a pass-happy offense, and the Cougars have finished in the top five in the country in passing yards each year since 2013 with the “Air Raid” offense under enigmatic head coach Mike Leach.
“I’ve been praying a lot the last couple of weeks, but I’ve had a good feeling about them,” Cooper said by phone. “The offense, I feel like I can really succeed up there at Washington State with the coaches and scheme they have.
"We kind of do the same thing at Lehi already, and the transition wouldn’t be as hard as at some other places. I already feel comfortable throwing that many times a game, and that’s what I want to keep doing.”
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Cooper, who is ranked by Scout.com as the 25th-best quarterback prospect in the country for the Class of 2018, said he was still considering schools as close as Arizona State and as far away as Georgia up until pretty recently, but decided to commit now rather than continue to play the process out.
“I just felt like I didn’t want to wait any longer if I knew,” he said. “I kept saying, ‘If I know, I know, and that’s when I’m going to do it.’ I knew, so I did it.”
Cooper will follow in the footsteps of former Logan High quarterback Luke Falk, who will play the final season this fall of what has been a remarkable career with the Cougars.
The new commit said he’s gotten to know Falk some throughout the recruiting process, and even though Cooper talks with Leach (who attended BYU) about once a week now, he relied on Falk when trying to learn what the quirky coach is like with his players.
Falk assured Cooper that in time, the quarterback-coach relationship will be just fine.
“It’s just a really fun atmosphere to be around with him,” Falk has told Cooper.