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.”