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

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  • fender Washington, UT
    May 18, 2012 12:23 p.m.


    The comprehension problem ain't mine. Try to stay with me here. The discussion is football, not vertical jumps or D1 basketball offers. You responded to a Ute fan by deftly changing the subject to "athletic" ability. That way you can always come back with the statement that you weren't talking football, you were talking athletic ability. Nice. Pardner, no one cares: it's irrelevant. This is a football discussion. The Utah kid has been ranked considerably in front of your kid by professional and college coaches at national recruiting services, which have no dog in the fight. I realize that as a BYU "fan" you don't like that, but thems the facts. Sorry.

  • rocky Murray, UT
    May 18, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    I remember watching this kid play when he was young and friends with my daughter. Way to go got talent there is no doubt. Don't let it change you one bit though. I remember stories of you sticking up for the little guy in school, keep that quality and ride your star as far as it will take you.

  • fanof6 utah, UT
    May 18, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    I heard the Wasatch QB is getting a lot of attention from recruiters around the country. He is top of the list for BYU & UTAH. I Cant spell his last name? James Del??. Anyone know?
    Also had no idea the Cottonwood QB was receiving so much attention. Does that have anything to do with Coach Cates? Didn't his son go to Olka St and sit the bench for 4 years. Any info on this.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 17, 2012 8:49 p.m.


    You have a terrible comprehension problem. But you are a utah "fan" so I'm not surprised. If you'll just go back and read those posts I have never once claimed Shumway is a better football player than Hansen, not once. I said he is a better athlete, he is a better athlete. I'm sorry that this hurts your utah "fan" feelings but it is simply a fact. He is faster, quicker, and jumps higher. But hey, as long as you're happy with how things turned out then why does it even matter. Go ahead and celebrate and get back to me when Hansen is utah's starting qb.

  • fender Washington, UT
    May 17, 2012 8:25 p.m.


    "BYU signed the #2 rated qb recruit in the entire country in February"

    So in this case the rating/ranking is valid, but in the case of Hansen/Shumway it's meaningless? Nothing like a little hypocrisy, wouldn't you say?

  • hubbardesquire Alabaster, Alabama
    May 17, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    To Particulars of No Consequence,

    I do know that Alabama Spring A-Day games have always led the country in average attendance no matter what era you wish to talk about.

    Saban has nothing to do with the baseball team. I see that you forgot to mention Alabama's champion gymnastics, softball, and golf squads. The Alabama gymnastics' meets lead the country also in average attendance.

    I guess not being from Alabama, you would naturally not want to mention all of our good things. It sounds like you are just another Bama hater. But, we don't pay your kind no never mind anyhow.

    Roll Tide!

  • Particulars of no Consequence Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2012 6:15 p.m.


    Being from Alabama,you probably know that prior to Saban's arrival the "A-day" game had never drawn more than 51,117...

    The baseball team has had a rough time since Saban arrived - I guess a good football practice is better than a bad baseball game.

  • hubbardesquire Alabaster, Alabama
    May 17, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    To GoUTES:

    Ha-Ha. You funny!

  • GoUTES Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Why would he go to Alabama? Hey Bama fans...did you see what happened the last time my mighty UTES played Alabama? The Sugar Bowl ring a bell? That is what I thought. Utah is the true powerhouse. The PAC 12 is the best conference in football and that goes for the AFC and NFC.

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    May 17, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    I guess he didn't want to play linebacker for KWhitt. Nice choice Cooper, it doesn't get much better than Alabama & the SEC.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 17, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    He should have signed with The byu.

  • emotionalfriend sandy, UT
    May 17, 2012 12:16 a.m.


    That is Alex Cate,who went to Ok State and ended up transferring.

  • hubbardesquire Alabaster, Alabama
    May 16, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    To Particulars of No Consequence:

    Not being from Alabama, I guess you would not know that the attendance at Alabama's spring A-Day game for the two years previous to 2012 averaged above 90,000.

    Just so you know. Roll Tide!

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    May 16, 2012 6:16 p.m.

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

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    May 16, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Particulars of no Consequence Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 16, 2012 5:21 p.m.


    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...

  • ChemMichael SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 16, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    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.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 16, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    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.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    May 16, 2012 3:24 p.m.

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

  • Cougs Rule Kaysville, UT
    May 16, 2012 2:33 p.m.

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

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    May 16, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    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.

  • hubbardesquire Alabaster, Alabama
    May 16, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    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!

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    May 16, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    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.

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    May 16, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    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.

  • southerncougar Knoxville, TN
    May 16, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    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!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    May 16, 2012 11:32 a.m.

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

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    May 16, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    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.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    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

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    May 16, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Ross Madison, AL
    May 16, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    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.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    May 16, 2012 9:13 a.m.

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

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 16, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    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.

  • Professor Reno Reno/Washoe, NV
    May 16, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    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!