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Oklahoma State football: David Glidden has a good friend and even better mentor in Josh Cooper

A friendship between the former Mustang High stars developed during Glidden's recruitment to OSU and their year as teammates in Stillwater
By Gina Mizell Published: September 20, 2012

STILLWATER — During the mid-2000s, there was no better athlete to admire in Mustang than Josh Cooper.

A young David Glidden certainly took notice.

“If you were from Mustang and you didn't know Josh Cooper, people were kind of like, ‘Who are you? Are you new?'” Glidden said with a laugh. “He's definitely a guy to look up to.”

Cooper is more than that to Glidden now, as a friendship between the two Mustang guys developed during Glidden's recruitment to OSU and their year as teammates in Stillwater.

Now, it's Glidden who is poised to, in a sense, follow Cooper again. Last week, Glidden officially made his OSU debut by taking over the punt returner role previously held by Cooper. He, like Cooper, also plays slot receiver.

And when asked who at OSU he's learned the most from so far, Glidden, without hesitation, said “definitely Coop.”

“We already had a pretty good relationship coming in, and it just built over the year,” Glidden said. “He taught me the ropes on and off the field.”

Cooper was an all-around football star at Mustang, compiling nearly 200 catches and more than 3,000 receiving yards over his junior and senior seasons, while also excelling as a returner, defensive back and kicker. During that time, Cooper started to hear about Glidden — the younger brother of his teammate, Dylan — who was another multisport standout and was “just like (him)” on the football field because of their smaller build but huge ability to make plays at a variety of positions.

Cooper was understandably intrigued. So much so, that when rumors started to surface that David was considering quitting football in high school, Cooper tried to convince Dylan that David was good enough to earn a college scholarship if he stuck with the game.

David did, and went on to become the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year while accounting for 26 total touchdowns — 17 receiving, four interception returns, four kickoff returns, one passing — as a senior.

“He was the talk of the town coming up, and he turned out to be an All-Star,” Cooper said.

And David and Cooper's lives kept crossing.

Cooper was David's host on his official visit to OSU and told the family he would be David's big brother in Stillwater if he committed to the Cowboys. When David made his pledge, one of the first congratulatory text messages he received was from Cooper.

“I'll never forget the day I committed,” David said. “…From Day 1, he let me know that he was there for me.”

That continued as soon David set foot on campus.

The first day of 7-on-7 summer workouts, Cooper immediately started teaching David how to run the correct routes in the Cowboys' spread offense. He told David about some of the unsung food joints around campus like Pita Pit. He'd invite David, fellow freshman inside receiver Josh Stewart and some of the other younger players over to his off-campus house to hang out and make new friends.

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