Class of 2016 outside linebacker Shakur Cooper, of Florida’s Coral Gables High School, has committed to Florida International. Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports reported Cooper’s decision.
Despite being on the smaller side at just 6’0″, 200 pounds, Cooper has shown incredible prowess at his position and registered 171 tackles and 44 sacks over his freshman and sophomore years. As Bartow stated, his sack total is now above 70. Prior to committing to FIU, the only other offer Cooper received was from Appalachian State.
Barring him changing his mind before he graduates next year, he will stay close to home and play for an FIU Panthers team that has gone 5-19 (4-12 Conference USA) in two seasons under head coach and former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner. Since establishing its football program back in 2002, FIU has only had two winning seasons.
Hopefully, Cooper can be the man who starts turning the program around for the better.