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Ohio State Freshman WR Mookie Cooper Enters Transfer Portal

Ohio State freshman wide receiver Mookie Cooper has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. The news was first reported Chris Hummer of 247Sports.

Cooper came to Ohio State from St. Louis where he was a 4-star prospect and the No. 93 player overall in the 2020 recruiting class. He was one of four receivers signed by the Buckeyes in that class. He was also the only one of the four who hasn’t received any playing time this season.

And that wasn’t exactly how he expected his freshman year to go.

“I expect to get on the field. I’m not gonna say I’m gonna start, but I expect to get on the field,” Cooper told reporters last winter.

“There’s some guys ahead of me, but I feel like the way our receiver room and how it works, I feel like I’m gonna be able to get some reps in, learn from the older guys and just be able to develop. And when my time fully comes in, that’s when my time comes.“

As a slot receiver, Cooper could have featured prominently in Ohio State’s offense down the road, though he would have first needed to find a spot on special teams in order to make anything else happen.

Given that every player was granted an extra year of eligibility, coupled with the coming one-time transfer waiver, Cooper should be able to find a new home for the 2021 season and be eligible to play as a true freshman all over again.

What should fans of his new home expect from him once he takes the field?

“Speed. Making people miss a lot,” he said nearly a year ago. “I make plays happen.”

tbdsitl

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    Wish him well, its a loaded room and tough to find your way on the field.
    I really thought we'd see him on the field this year, returning kickoffs.

    When did Gee Scott get on the field this year?
     

    rocooper45

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    Wow! I’m not shock but I am surprised. 5 in conference games was just not enough. I shutter at the coming weeks and the PORTAL.
     
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    ChipMinnich

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    Tremendously disappointed with this news, but I only wish positive events for this talented young man wherever he winds up.
     
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    I'm guessing he would've got on the field had we played a regular schedule. If the kid is that impatient, Then it's best for everyone involved he leaves now. I don't remember seeing his name (could've been) having to miss a game due to contact racing or Covid. Wish him well, should've stuck it out through the playoffs, but hey what can you do, I am sure @nevadabuck will have some intel on this..
     

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    I'm guessing he would've got on the field had we played a regular schedule. If the kid is that impatient, Then it's best for everyone involved he leaves now. I don't remember seeing his name (could've been) having to miss a game due to contact racing or Covid. Wish him well, should've stuck it out through the playoffs, but hey what can you do, I am sure @nevadabuck will have some intel on this..
    I am sure he is also looking at the guys coming in. Playing time would have been tough. Better to pull the trigger early than later.
     
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    tbdsitl

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    Thanks to both for the feedback on Gee vs. NW and Rutgers.
     

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    Its 2020 and a Covid season, there were 6 regular games, the team won the conference and made the playoffs, this kid is a freshman who hasn't been there for one whole semester yet, and he it bolting. Wow.
     
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    Disappointing but probably was going to struggle to see time.