Ht: 6-3 Wt: 224
40-yard dash: 4.62
Rivals: 4-Star #5 WDE
Scout: 4-Star #6 DE
247Sports: 5-Star #5 WDE
ESPN: 4-Star #7 DE
Jonathon Cooper, who enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016, is a consensus 4-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports) and is considered one of the Top 50 players in the nation by 247Sports (No. 32) and Scout (No. 35 overall) ... Cooper is listed as one of the Top 5 defensive ends in this class, with 247Sports ranking him as the No. 2 weak-side end and with Rivals and Scout rating him the No. 6 defensive end ... ESPN listed him No. 57 on its 300 and he was No. 78 overall on the Rivals 100 ... the No. 59 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team ... he was named to the All-USA Ohio football team and the state defensive player of the year by USA Today and was first-team Associated Press all-state as a senior ... helped Lincoln, coached by Bruce Ward, to a 7-4 season in 2015 and a berth in the Ohio state playoffs for a second consecutive year ... named the Columbus Dispatch metro defensive player of the year after a 65-tackle season that included 18 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks ... had 85 tackles and 11.5 sacks as a junior and was named second-team AP all-state ... amassed 150 career tackles with 31 TFLs and 23.5 quarterback sacks ... selected for the U.S. Army All-American bowl ... also selected to the all-defensive line team in July 2015 at The Opening, in Beaverton, Ore.
Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan State
Noah Spence, Tyquan Lewis
Pass rush specialist who overwhelms blockers with his speed, but is also getting better with his all around skill set. Difficult to handle one-on-one.
The good news for Cooper is that he has enrolled early and can begin adding to his frame. At 230-odd pounds, there might not be much of a role for him in 2016. Urban Meyer expects him to play, however.