In his final game as a high school player, he did that early and often as the left offensive tackle helped his team to a 51-14 victory in the 20th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic.
"I think I played real well," says Cooper, who was the Alabama Class 4A Lineman of the Year as a senior. "I was kind of anxious to see how I was going to do. It was the best competition I have ever seen and I feel like we did real well."
Jared Cooper (76) goes into pass protection for QB Larry Smith, who works out of shotgun formation.
The 6-4, 295-pounder, who chose Auburn over Alabama, plans to get an early start on college life this month. "I go up to Auburn the 19th and start class the 25th," says Cooper, who was an honor student in high school.
He will join his future teammates in summer conditioning workouts directed by Kevin Yoxall and his staff. Cooper looked to be in excellent condition for the all-star game in Mobile and notes that he believes that is the case.
"I am in good shape," he says. "I have been sticking strictly to the program that Coach Yox sent. I can definitely tell it has helped."
Cooper, who notes he was surprised at the lopsided margin of victory, says the all-star week was a good experience. "Getting to know everybody was the best part of it for me," he says. "There are a lot of great guys on our team. I made a lot of friends who I want to keep up with for the rest of my life."
The lineman says he was impressed with fellow Auburn signees in the game that included teammates Eltoro Freeman, Ryan Williams and Nick Fairley. "I think they are all players," Cooper says. "We have got a good class. I feel like everybody can contribute."