OL Anez Cooper picks Miami over Oregon on National Signing Day

Alex Mirabal and Mario Cristobal landed their first offensive lineman commit on Wednesday when Anez Cooper announced that he would be going to Miami over Oregon during a ceremony at his school.

The 6-foot-6, 340-pounder is an athletic road-grader who gives Miami a big body on the interior line, according to his high school coach Darrell LeBeaux.

“He’s an interior guy, physical,” LeBeaux said. “Loves to play the game of football. For a big guy like him, he’s way more athletic than what he looks like he’s supposed to be. He’s a kid who can throw the football 65-70-yards. In pre-practice, he might be out there running fade routes catching the ball with one hand. Just the type of athlete that we’re talking about just stuck in a big guy's body. Between the lines, he’s a different person. He enjoys inflicting pain on defensive guys.” 

Miami was able to lock things down after an official visit over the weekend, where the Hurricanes were able to hold off the Ducks who tried to get the senior to split up that final trip between South Florida and Eugene. 

Florida and Syracuse were others who inquired about Cooper late in the process, but he’s officially a Hurricane after putting pen to paper on Wednesday. 

Throughout the process, Cooper also claimed offers from Georgia, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina amongst others.

Miami is still awaiting word on a few other offensive linemen on Wednesday, but are in a strong position to close on St. Augustine Creekside’s Matthew McCoy who will be announcing between UM and Florida at 3:30 p.m. ET.