Louisville football: New recruiting coordinator a young difference maker

Louisville football will have themselves a new recruiting coordinator for the 2021 season. A report on Friday night revealed that the Cardinals plucked a key piece from the University of Florida.

While it’s an off-field position, this can’t be looked at as anything but a home run hire by Scott Satterfield.

Cooper became the Assistant Director of Player Personnel at Florida just a handful of years after playing linebacker at Indiana University. from 2012-2014.

A young up-and-comer, Cooper has shown plenty of ability to help recruit players while with Florida.

His job description consisted of Cooper “being responsible for watching film and staying in touch with many prospects, especially transfers and defensive line targets,” according to an article from Sports Illustrated highlighting Cooper’s assistance as a recruiter.

Cooper brings youth and energy to the recruiting front

The 29-year old is one that will bring a ton of youth and energy as a former player. He brought the juice as a member of Florida’s off-field personnel to help recruit defensive linemen among other players.

He can’t go on the road to recruit players in their homes. That’s left up to the position coaches. But what he can do is see players when they are on campus after months of communication via social media or text message. That could leave a major imprint.

Clearly, Cooper has earned the respect of his peers for his role with the program as has been the case all over his Twitter page.

Check out this comment from Florida’s defensive line coach tweeting at Cooper.

https://twitter.com/coachdt48/status/1363343179773263872?s=20

He also received praise from former Louisville and Florida star Jonathan Greenard who was a draft pick of the Houston Texans.

https://twitter.com/jongreenard7/status/1363161809407143937?s=20

It’s a great testament to himself for his abilities and the factor that an off-field member of a program can be that fans might not always be able to see. Clearly, most importantly, that is felt by coaches and players alike.

Cooper might be working behind the scenes at Louisville, but his impact is going to be immense with past stops in the SEC and his life as a former collegiate linebacker providing a big boost to the football program.

Overall

If Louisville wants to stay competitive with the big boys of the ACC, it all needs to start with recruiting. Fans may never see Cooper or know exactly what he’s up to when communicating with his recruiting targets. But his personality and hunger has already been felt at a powerhouse school. It’s reasonable to expect that he should have a huge impact in his new role with a lot of rein over what goes on with recruiting.