Honored as the Lineman of the Year in Class 4A as a senior, Cooper became very interested in the Tigers and offensive line coach Hugh Nall early in the recruiting process. He decided to stick with the commitment he made to Auburn in mid-January despite a very strong late push from the Crimson Tide and new coach Nick Saban.
The 6-4, 285-pound lineman sports a 4.0 grade point average and was also named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern football team.
The talented athlete projects as a guard on the college level and was a standout performer at an Auburn football camp over the summer.
Cooper helped push W.S. Neal into the playoffs, but perhaps the most memorable part of the season for fans at his school was the victory over rival T.R. Miller.
Neal's 42-35 victory in the game billed as "The Battle of Murder Creek" will long be remembered in East Brewton. "People are still talking about that," Cooper notes. "It has been been 10 years since we beat them."