Pair of Top El Paso Football Prospects Set to Announce College Commitment on Friday
In recent years, El Paso has produced top-caliber high school football prospects. Players like Deion Hankins (Parkland, 2019), Aaron Dumas (Americas, 2021) and Josh Fields (Americas, 2017) earned nationwide attention during their respective recruiting periods.
Tavorus Jones (Burges) and Jeremiah Cooper (Andress) are the pair of standouts out of the class of 2022 that have earned well-deserved attention in the recruiting process. Both of the prospects will announce which college they will sign with on Friday.
Jones, a stellar running back for the Mustangs, is listed as a four-star prospect by 247 Sports, where he is also ranked the No. 15 running back across the nation. The 5-foot-10 prospect had a magnificent sophomore season, totaling 1,134 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns (15 rushing, five receiving). He followed up his breakthrough season with a noble junior campaign under a pandemic-shortened season, racking up 770 total yards and 11 total touchdowns in six games played.
Earning over 25 Division I offers, Jones has a chance to be among the most decorated prospect to come out of El Paso. Last summer, he emerged with offers from the likes of Alabama, Texas, Penn State, Missouri, Baylor, Florida and Arizona State, to name a few.
Cooper was someone that picked up a ton of steam going into his senior year. The wide receiver and safety for the Golden Eagles is a 3-star prospect according to 247 Sports. He is ranked as the No. 53 safety in the country. Through his three seasons of varisity, Cooper accumulated 88 total tackles, 10 interceptions and two forced fumbles. He is also a dynamic wideout, averaging 95.6 receiving yards per game and almost a pair of touchdowns per contest.
He's been sought after by Power-5 schools like Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Arizona, Kansas State and Oregon State, among others. His brother Tristen, who also played at Andress, just wrapped up his college football career at Arizona where he played linebacker.
Both players were recruited and offered by UTEP too.
As part of the 247 Sports Composite for both players, they predict which school both players will choose based on their sources. Four 247 Sports insiders, including director of football recruiting Steve Wiltfong, predict Jones will choose Missouri. Previously, recruiting experts thought Jones would choose to play for the Texas Longhorns. For Cooper, Iowa State insider Michael Swain of Cylcone Alert and Baylor insider Tim Watkins of Bears Illustrated both predict that the safety will choose Iowa State.
Predictions aside, Friday will be a special day for two highly touted prospects in the Sun City. They have already brought a ton of exposure to local recruits. Get your popcorn ready for Friday—the decisions by both players will be a treat to watch.