National Letters of Intent (NLI) continue to roll in this morning, and Mississippi State's special teams recruit is now signed and accounted for, as Logan Cooke officially became a Bulldog this morning.
Cooke, who was selected to play in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American game, becomes the second Bulldog recruit for the class of 2014 to sign, the school announced today through a statement on the MSU Football Twitter account.
Second fax of the day: Logan Cooke, a 6-5, 200-pound kicker/punter from Kokomo, Miss. (Columbia Academy). #HailState
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) February 5, 2014
While Cooke comes in a bit under the radar due to playing at a small academy, he will most likely get the opportunity to come in and contribute right away. Nothing is promised as to Cooke's ability to beat out any of the stalwarts on special teams this fall, but there seems to be a strong chance that we could see Logan be an immediate impact guy this fall.
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Columbia Academy - Columbia, Mississippi
Height - 6'5"
Weight - 200 lbs
Recruiting Service Ranking
247Sports - 3-star (#43 MS, #2 P), 80 Grade
Scout - 3-star (NR P)
Rivals - 2-star (NR P), 5.4 Grade
Mississippi State, Southern Miss
FWtCTrecruitings's Quick Thoughts
Punters and kickers never get the pub that the skill position players might, but with MSU's struggles in the kicking game last year, Cooke is a name to watch in this class. Talking with people from the Columbia area, this kid has a serious leg, and has the accuracy to challenge in the kicking game. If nothing else, Logan should come in and immediately push Bell, Sobiesk and others for a starting spot. Even if he doesn't get it, MSU still gets some improved special teams play because of him pushing those players to get better, and a kicker for the future in Cooke.
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top punters in the nation, who was selected to play in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools' All-State Football Game ... Played for coach Kenny Williams at Columbia Academy and took on wide receiver and defensive back roles in addition to punting duties ... Named a 2013 Preseason Fourth-Team All-American by Chris Sailer Kicking ... Rated by ESPN.com as the 13th-best punter in the nation ... A 2013 247Sports All-State All-Prospect First-Team Defense selection ... A member of the MaxPreps 2013 Mississippi Preseason All-State Football Team ... A three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... Selected to the 2013 All-Gridiron Second Team by the Mississippi Gridiron and was a Second-Team All-Area honoree by the Hattiesburg American following final campaign ... In 2013, booted 19-of-22 kickoffs for touchbacks (86.4 percent) ... Tallied 24 punts for an average of 44.2 yards per boot ... Went 8-of-11 on extra points and 1-for-3 on field goals ... Also served as a wide receiver, hauling in 14 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns ... As a junior in 2012, boomed 48 kickoffs with 41 touchbacks (85.4 percent) ... Recorded 17 kickoffs for 70 or more yards (35.4 percent) and averaged 66.4 yards a boot ... Went 36-for-39 on PATs and 2-for-6 on field goals ... Set Columbia Academy school records for points in a season by a kicker (42) and points in a career by a kicker (83) ... During sophomore year, averaged 58 yards a kickoffs, went 20-for-23 on PATs and two-of-six on field goals ... Punted 31 times for a 35-yard average ... Served as the vice president of high school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes group.