Duke football offers major Class of 2021 linebacker Keith Cooper Jr.

DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Duke football linebackers. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Duke football linebackers. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

The Duke football program extended an offer to Keith Cooper Jr., one of the best linebackers in the Class of 2021.

David Cutcliffe and his coaching staff are entering the race for a Class of 2021 outside linebacker who has high-upside with his size, skill, and athleticism.

Keith Cooper Jr. is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound outside linebacker from Dickinson, Texas and stars at Dickinson High School.

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Cooper Jr. is ranked as the No. 931 prospect in the rising senior class as well as the No. 61 outside linebacker and the No. 132 overall player in the football-rich state of Texas, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

Duke offered the outside linebacker on June 1, the same day he picked up an offer from the Indiana Hoosiers.

The Texas native also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Boston College, California, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, among others.

Cooper Jr., a three-star prospect, is a two-sport athlete in football and basketball at Dickinson High  School, and in his junior year was named as a 2019 First Team All-District Selection at outside linebacker.

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Duke currently has 11 commits in its 2021 recruiting class, six defensive players compared to five offensive players, but David Cutcliffe and his staff are still pressing hard on the many uncommitted prospects in the junior class.

Two of those players, Cole Bishop and Anthony Freeman, are listed as outside linebackers.

The Blue Devils’ class is currently ranked as the No. 35 recruiting class in the country and No. 11 in the ACC.

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Keith Cooper Jr. has not announced a timetable for his commitment or a cutdown date for a potential list of his final schools, but the recruiting process becomes more challenging this summer for the rising senior class with the cancelation of many camps and showcases due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.