One month ago, Robert Cooper, a four-star defensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting class who has been committed to Florida State since June of last year, shared an impressive tape of him putting up 31 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, the same weight used at the NFL Combine.
There’s no denying how impressive this was from a high school junior, especially when considering the fact that the NFL Combine record is 51 reps at 225 pounds.
On Tuesday, Cooper set out to show a different strength, this time going for a heavy weight with only one rep.
You read that correctly. Cooper can bench 450 pounds. For some perspective on exactly how impressive that is, Derrick Nnadi is widely regarded as the strongest member of the FSU football team, on record at benching 525 pounds. However, that was recorded during his third year at Florida State. When entering FSU, Nnadi was only able to bench 405 pounds. As such, it seems clear that, with 11 months until his National Signing Day, Cooper would enter Tallahassee as one of the strongest players on the team from day one.
Now, it may be no small task to keep Cooper committed to the Seminoles into February of next year. He holds offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, and LSU, among countless others.
Nevertheless, Cooper seems happily committed to FSU at the moment from the background sound in his latest video. If FSU is able to add Cooper to recent 2017 signee Marvin Wilson, there may be a interior defensive line rivaling the best in the nation building on FSU’s campus.