West Memphis Star Has Offer

Based on his high school career, Jarvis Cooper could play a number of positions in college football. About the only thing for certain is he will be playing college football.

The West Memphis standout, who has received a scholarship offer from Arkansas State, has played fullback, defensive line and linebacker for the Blue Devils.

"Right now I am working at running back and linebacker," he said. "But I know at some point I will be putting my hand on the ground. I feel real comfortable playing defensive end. But it doesn't matter to me where I play. I just like to get out there and play."

Cooper, a Class 7A All-State player, said he is weighing 237 pounds right now and working toward a goal of 230 when the Blue Devils open the season Aug. 31 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock against Ashdown.

"Well I was as high as 257 this summer so I am getting there," said Cooper, who is 6-foot-2.

He has been a standout for West Memphis the past two seasons. Last year he ran for more than 1,300 yards and scored "at lest one touchdown a game. I don't know how many I had."

On defense, he was a regular in opponent's backfield, causing four fumbles, recovering one and having a safety vs. Pulaski Academy. At noseguard last year, he made 64 tackles, 29 for loss, and had seven sacks.

"My goals this year is to gain 200 yards a game rushing and on defense to have 10-plus tackles,'' he said.

Cooper also has offers from Memphis and Central Arkansas. He has participated in several camps in Jonesboro and recently made an unannounced visit to ASU when in Jonesboro with a relative.

"I like it there," he said. "Coach (John) Thompson and I stay in touch. I get tweets from him and he calls.

In the Class 7A state track meet in the spring, Cooper finisher third in state meet with a throw of 49 feet, 9 inches. He has a best of 51 feet.

"I did not have a good day,'' he said. "My goal is to win the state meet this year."

Cooper said he has no plans to commit before the season.