Q&A with Southern Mississippi Commit SS Storme Cooper (Timberland, 2015)



Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director



SS Storme Cooper (Timberland, 2015) has recently verbally committed to play baseball at Southern Mississippi.  Cooper is the #8 ranked player in Missouri and a member of the 2013 Future Games.  

Cooper has good footwork and quick release with accurate throws, at 84 MPH.  He gets to the ball aggressively and has soft hands.  Offensively, Cooper little wasted move in his load and has good bat speed with good extension. His level bat path produces line drive to both gaps with backspin.  He has 80 MPH exit velo and runs a 4.53 home-to-first. 

The slick fielding shortstop, led the Timberwolves to a 20-8 record in 2014.  He hit at a .372 clip with a .447 slugging percentage.  Cooper smacked five double and drove in 19 runs, striking out just 12 times in 106 plate appearances.   

During the summer, Cooper player for the St. Louis Games and will be in Jupiter, Florida this weekend participating in the WWBA World Championships.  Here is a look into the recruitment of Storme Cooper.   

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?

Cooper: To find somewhere that I feel comfortable with and focus on getting me better

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?

Cooper: No not at all

PBR: Where did Southern Mississippi first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?

Cooper: Down in Georgia. He called me after seeing me a couple times and sounded really interested. It went on from there.

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?

Cooper: Marcos Martinez. He's the fastest runner I've seen, which is a big advantage for a good base runner.
 
PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

Cooper: A program that will get me stronger and better. Somewhere I can get on the field all year round and take ground balls.

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?

Cooper: Hard work pays off and find a place to play that you feel comfortable with.

PBR: What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?

Cooper: I do workouts at Athletes Edge and take speed and agility classes.

PBR: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

Cooper: Beating the Orlando scorpions.

PBR: What do you like most about Southern Mississippi and what were the key factors in making your decision?

Cooper: That you can get on the field all year round, and most of the kids on the team hunt. Also, the coaches were very personable. 

PBR: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?

Cooper: Coastal Carolina, Western Kentucky, Iowa, and Kansas state.

PBR: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Was there a particular game or event that you feel turned the corner for you?

Cooper: There wasn't really a certain game. But while we were in Georgia there were many coaches that were interested in me. 

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals? Name some players that will play a key role for Timberland in 2015?

Cooper: We will be a solid team. I think we are hurting most in pitching. My goals are to make it as far as I can being a senior. Some key players will be C.J. Schaeffer, Ian Nelson, Jacob Gonzales, Jack Kane, Tanner Forck, and Peter Biondo.

PBR: Where do you play in the summer? And what has been your most memorable experience with them?

Cooper: I play for the St.louis Gamers in the summer.  My most memorable experience was beating the Orlando Scorpions. They were the number 2 ranked team in the nation at the time. 

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