Riley Cooper Clone Sittin’ In Urban’s Backyard
Posted February 28, 2014 10:38 am
Photo courtesy of cleveland.com
Preps.com heads up to Cleveland, Ohio to uncover our latest under the radar talent. Measuring at 6’3.5 with legit 4.5 speed, you would think this Cleveland St. Ed’s junior would be holding offers from a multitude of schools. Surprisingly this scholar athlete only carries division one offers from local programs, Cincinnati and Toledo.
We first stumbled across Alex Stump when a friend of ours gave us the heads up that storied program Cleveland St. Edward’s had a stud receiver that was going under the radar. Busy with Pennsylvania scouting we took note and didn’t look too far into it. After the Nike Sparq combine in Massillon the name popped up again, Stump’s 6’3.5 frame with a 4.54 laser time lead us to immediately toss on the hudl tape and figure out what this kid was all about.
First play Stump went over top a defensive back, bodied the defender as he tried to tackle him, then used his giddy up to reach the end zone. A few plays later we saw Stump against a Glenville defender, anyone familiar with Cleveland high school football knows this is the type of tape a college recruiter loves. One on one against a Glenville defender let’s us know whether or not this kid can compete against elite players, all too often kids get all kind of hype putting up gaudy numbers against sub par talent, Stump hits the DB with a skinny post, TOUCHDOWN, we’ve seen enough.
So how does a 6’3.5 180 pound receiver with blistering speed, yards after the catch ability, 57 receptions 987 yards and 14 TD’s at the highest level of Ohio football receive such little attention. Guys like Eric Decker, Jordy Nelson, and Riley Cooper have killed all the misconceptions of what a receiver is supposed to look like, with Stump’s size, athleticism, and production, comparisons to that elite group aren’t too far fetched.
With the production Urban Meyer received from Riley Cooper at Florida, you would think he would take a step back from offering every track star in Florida and Texas and bring in a sure handed local kid that can extend the field and catch the jump ball, something Ohio State lacked last year.
Although Meyer is doing a great job bringing top talent from all over the country, there’s still something to be said about how Jim Tressel used to throw out offers to local guys and lock down the state. With Meyer now focusing on more of a national recruiting spectrum, Buckeye fans should take note, because elite players like Stump may begin an exodus that could yield results similar to Le’Veon Bell for years to come.