The 2006 Alabama 4A Lineman of the Year had an impressive senior season. He earned All-State honors and was selected to The Birmingham News Super All-State team as well as the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern football team.
"I am real excited about getting up there to Auburn and getting a look at everything beside the football aspect of it," says Cooper, an honor student who plans to major in pre-medicine in college.
He carries a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the Academic All-State as a junior.
The Alabama Sportswriters Association presented him a plaque in December for being named the 4A Lineman of the Year. "I was real happy about that," he says. "It was a honor just to be nominated for that award," he says.
Cooper, who has also taken a look at Southern Mississippi, notes that Auburn is his favorite. The 6-4, 285-pounder says the Tigers are recruiting him as a guard. "I think I will wind up playing guard in college," he says. "I am too short to play tackle and too tall to play center."
He helped his team post a 9-3 record this past season. Cooper notes it was a good season to finish with as a senior although he wishes his team could have advanced even deeper into the state playoffs. "We played pretty close to our potential, but we lost a couple we should have won, but especially toward the end of the season we played real well.
"The highlight of our season was definitely beating T.R. Miller," he says of a 42-35 victory that ended Neal's 10-game losing streak to its crosstown rival. "People are still talking about that around here and probably will be for a long time to come."
Cooper will be part of what will be Auburn's largest weekend of official visitors for the 2007 signee class. Others expected to visit include: