Comments about ‘Cottonwood High's Cooper Bateman chooses Alabama, brings prestige to state's prep football programs’

Return to article »

Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Professor Reno
Reno/Washoe, NV

Congrats to this young man. Too bad he couldn't stay and play in Utah, but if you're that good, you have to understand that the the SEC is better than the PAC 12, Independence, or the Mountain West. Good luck!

Eagle Mountain, UT

Alabama, and the surrounding area, in August is one of the most miserable places in the country. Practicing in 100 degree weather and 80 percent humidity will be miserable.

I can't stand Saban, Alabama and I don't like the SEC but, good luck to you Cooper. Hope you blow them away down there.


Congrats to Cooper, it will be fun to see him compete in the SEC at a big time program.

Madison, AL

Alabama the Beautiful where football is a 12 month sport, is a great place to play college football, if you can make the team. Bateman has honed his skills enough to get the chance to play for the Crimson Tide. Excellence breeds contempt from lesser performing teams, but the facts remain, Coach Saban and Alabama are in the main stream of College football. Alabamas team is made up of quality players who are willing to do things the Saban way and in the process win championships, and get a shot at the NFL. Congratulations to Cooper Bateman for his great choice, at least most his games with the Crimson Tide will be on national TV.

Iowa City, IA

Roll Tide! Can't wait to see how his career goes in Tuscaloosa! Good luck to him!

re:Ross, Don't take offense, most people in Utah don't even know what your high school football stadium's look like. They love to think BYU vs. Utah is a rivalry, but have no clue how the state shuts down for the Iron Bowl! Please whoop LSU again next year.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

you might want to drink Pickle Juice kid to stay out of this cramping legs and dehydration. and bring along a giant fan with cold water mists. good luck

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

good for Bateman. I doubt the Utah schools were much in his mind, given that after one trip, he chose the Tide. I don't follow Utah as much, but I believe the Cougars are plenty loaded at QB for the next 4-6 years, so all is well. win/wins.

South Weber, UT

Good Luck Cooper !
I hope it all turns out for the best for you.

Knoxville, TN

Congrats Young Man. Now you will get to see, feel, breath and eat true football. You will have to compete at a level that you never dreamed. When a stadium averages 90,000 for a spring game then you will know what it feels like to have a second religion in your life, "FOOTBALL". Other sports just do not matter and are past times until football season. Good Luck, you will need it!

Oceanside, CA

The weather is one thing, but the culture is something else. Wish him luck and we'll see if he's got what it takes. Joe Namath had it.

Virginia Beach, Va

80 % humidity is on a good day in July or August in the South. Alabama has a great fan base but they also have a whacked out over the top fan base. The Harvey Updikers as the Paul Finebaum radio show calls them. If you want a feel for how whacked out Bama fan is in football tune in to Finebaum's show. To each his own. Good luck hope you do well.

Alabaster, Alabama

Congratulations to Cooper on a great choice. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, I am someone who has been around Alabama football all of my life -- going back to the Bear Bryant days. I know that Cooper will have a lot of work to do. He may also have to deal with some culture shock. But, he sounds like a fine young man. Those of us who are Bama fans are proud to have him and will do all that we can to help him succeed. Roll Tide!

Wally West

re: TJ 9:13 a.m. May 16, 2012

I found Connecticut In Aug worse than The Deep South in July.

As a Miami Dolphins fan, I have issues w/ Saban but am a fan of the SEC (Auburn & LSU esp).

The SEC is the apex of college football.

Congrats & good luck to Cooper.

Cougs Rule
Kaysville, UT

Never to be heard from again..................

Orange County, CA

Whatever happened to the Cottonwood HS QB who went to LSU a couple of years ago?

Highland, UT

I never seemed like Bateman was considering any of the instate schools so I don't think this surprises anyone. But I think both BYU and utah already have some good qb prospects so this isn't any kind of a death blow to either of them. BYU signed th #2 rated qb recruit in the entire country in February and utah signed a top 20 kid. They'll both be fine.

And good luck to Cooper, he got what he wanted and is going where he wants to go. I hope he does well.


Congrats to Bateman for signing with an $EC school. I hope he gets paid at least a quarter of what Scam Newton got paid to play at Auburn.

Particulars of no Consequence
Cottonwood Heights, UT


Here are this year's top spring game attendance #'s:
- Ohio State 81,112
- Alabama 78,526
- Penn State 60,000
- Texas 46,000
- Arkansas 45,250

I may be a little biased, but I can't understand why a top recruit would go anywhere but Austin - great school, great fans, great town, good weather...

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Good for him. I hope they don't take him for granted down there. Hopefully he gets a chance to shine.

In any case I think that BYU should sign another QB in this class, just for more depth. I think our QBs next year are Taysom Hill and Jason Munns. If Alex Kuresa goes on a mission, it would probably good to have another guy on the roster.

Charlotte, NC

Cool! I love it when a Utah kid makes it to the big time.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments