One of the players who opened plenty of eyes at Houston Nutt's Football Camp was Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist Academy junior-to-be wideout Khiry Cooper.
Cooper, a 6-3, 175-pound speedster who blazed to a 4.48 40-yard dash time and showed great hands and the ability to get open throughout the camp, impressed University of Arkansas coaches enough that he was offered a scholarship later on Wednesday after he had left campus.
"It was pretty wild and I was very excited about it," Cooper said of his first offer. "He I am not even having played a game yet my junior season and Arkansas has made sure to let me know how much they want me by offering this early. That means a lot to me."
Cooper caught 48 passes for 597 yards and 11 touchdown passes last season as sophomore while being named to the Shreveport Times All-City team.
He built on those numbers by coming in and shining in the Nutt camp, which was held Sunday through Wednesday.
"It went pretty good," Cooper said. "I ended up with a hip flexor injury and had to watch at the end and that was hard to watch on the sidelines and not be able to compete against the guys. But it was a good experience and I learned a lot. I just really liked it."
Cooper plays for a relatively new school in Calvary Baptist, who has played just two seasons of varsity competition.
The Cavaliers' head coach is former Green Bay quarterback Doug Pederson former Louisiana prep legend Abram Booty is the offensive coordinator and junior Jake Booty, the younger brother of USC quarterback John David Booty, is the starting signal caller.
Calvary Baptist went 4-5 in 2004 (when they beat Foreman 27-26 in the school's second game) and 5-6 in 2005 while losing in the first round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs.
Calvary Baptist is poised to have a lot of success this season with 35 of its 48 players from last season returning and a slew of new athletic and academic facilities being built.
"It's a very good situation for me," Cooper said. "It was our first season as a high school in the LHSAA," Cooper said. " I did all right. I had 11 TDs and around 600 yards, but I am not sure of my total catches. I know we are expecting to be very good this season."
The visit to Nutt's camp was the second trip to Fayetteville for Cooper, who missed most of his ninth grade season due to an injury, but had 6 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in this season's regular season finale.
"I came up here when they played Auburn last year," Cooper said. "I like it here. It's kind of like home to me. It's not that far from where I live - maybe 6 or 7 hours away."
He likes what he has seen of Fayetteville and UA program.
"They had a good recruiting year so they should be pretty good here in a couple of years," Cooper said. "I've got two years left so I am sure they would be pretty good by the time I got up here."
He and others from Calvary Baptist have plans to return to Fayetteville this September for the Arkansas-USC game.
Cooper is also an outstanding baseball player and led Calvary Baptist to the Class 1A championship. He will soon be headed down for a baseball camp at Florida State.
"I've led our district in batting average the past two seasons, hitting over .500," Cooper said.
Arkansas may have caught a break by getting to see Cooper before a lot of other staffs get the chance.
"This was my first big camp that I have been to," Cooper said. "I have been getting some letters, but this is the first thing that I have been to that people have had a chance to see me at."
Cooper is looking to continue to develop heading into his junior season.
"I think my strengths are running routes - I am pretty good at that," Cooper said. "My speed I am going to get better at that and I am sure I am going to get bigger and stronger."
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