You can add another new Bulldog to the stack of NLI's in this morning, as Decatur, Georgia OLB Deshon Cooper has signed with Mississippi State.
Cooper becomes the latest Bulldog recruit for the class of 2014 to sign, the school announced today through a statement on the MSU Football Twitter account.
Newest Bulldog is 6-2, 209-pound LB Deshon Cooper LB from Atlanta, Ga. (Columbia HS)— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) February 5, 2014
Cooper committed to Mississippi State last summer, and he has maintained a relatively low recruiting profile since that time. He is rated as one of the top 50 players in the state of Georgia by 24/7 sports.
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Columbia HS - Decatur, Georgia
Height - 6'4"
Weight - 215 lbs
49 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 15 sacks
Recruiting Service Ranking
247Sports - 3-star (#50 GA, #45 OLB), 88 Grade
Scout - 3-star (#59 OLB)
Rivals - 3-star, 5.5 Grade
Mississippi State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, Marshall, Rutgers, Minnesota, others
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the South's top linebacker prospects ... Helped Columbia to a 6-4 overall record and to a play-in game against Banneker to qualify for the Class 4A playoffs ... A three-star recruit according to Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports ... Earned a place on the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State First Team Defense ... Selected to play in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game after final season ... Tallied 49 tackles, 17.0 tackles for lost yardage, 16.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during senior year ... On offense made 18 receptions for 335 yards and three touchdowns ... As a junior, made 63 tackles with 6.0 sacks and four forced fumbles ... Contributed on offense with 123 receiving yards and two scores ... Also suited up for the basketball squad at Columbia ... Won the Georgia High School Association Class 4A state championship first two years before falling to Eagle's Landing 61-47 as a junior.