NMSU Baseball Signs New Mexico Native On First Day of Early Signing Period

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team announced that they have signed one player on the first day of the early signing period Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Justin Cooper (Roswell, N.M.) signed a national letter of intent to play and attend school for the Aggies, Nov. 14. Head coach Rocky Ward was very excited to bring this New Mexico player into his program and is excited to see what he can do for his team.

"We are very happy that Justin signed with us and know what he is capable of," Ward said. "He comes from a very good program in Roswell and we know that he’s ready to go when he shows up here at NMSU."

Cooper, a right-hander with an 88-90 mph fastball is an all-around player who can also play some short stop and hit the ball well. Coach Ward and his staff noticed Cooper in some of the camps the team puts on and realized what a talent he is and the kind of player they would be able to bring in.

"Dino Wilcox, along with Dan Folley, has developed a good program in the eastern part of New Mexico," Ward said. "They have worked hard to help those players and Justin will be the first of many to come out of that part of the state that can play for us here in Las Cruces."

Cooper will look to make an immediate impact on the Aggie baseball squad when he arrives. NMSU finished the 2007 season 22-34 and 6-18 in Western Athletic Conference play. They will release their 2008 schedule later this month along with an updated roster.