Cooper Enjoys AU Visit, Faces Tough Decision

Quarterback/athlete Robert Cooper of Daphne High School discusses his visit to Auburn and talks about the decision he has to make.

Daphne, Ala.—Daphne prospect Robert Cooper has a difficult decision to make. Sign with UAB, get a chance to play quarterback and go on full scholarship immediately, or sign with Auburn as an athlete and a take a grayshirt scholarship.

"Right now it's between UAB and Auburn," Cooper says after his weekend visit to Auburn. "It's 50/50. I'm going to make my announcement the day before signing day on that Tuesday. Me and my parents will talk about it and I'll make my announcement then."

The 6-4 1/2, 205-pound prospect says his love for the game is at the quarterback position, but the team would be the first priority.

"Quarterback is where my heart and soul is," Cooper explains. "I want to play quarterback."

Asked about playing tight end or receiver, he adds, "If that's where the coach sees me playing and helping Auburn win I'll play that 110 percent."

Cooper took an official visit to UAB on Jan. 9 and to Auburn this weekend. He met with several of the position coaches at Auburn because Auburn is recruiting him for several different positions.

"(I talked to) all of the coaches," he jokes. "I talked to the tight end coach (Jay Boulware) and Coach Trooper (Taylor), the wideout coach, and they said they like my athletic ability, the way I can run and throw the ball. I'm big, I can put on weight and not lose any speed or anything. That's what they really loved about me."

Cooper's player host was center Ryan Pugh.

"He was fun," Cooper states. "He's a good guy.

"I had a blast," he adds. "The coaching staff and everybody, they're all good guys. You could tell they're a bunch of good guys. You could tell that family is a big key in what they do. That's important."

Cooper came away impressed with the new staff at Auburn. "Mainly the coaching staff," he says. "The guys that Coach Chiz (Gene Chizik) is hiring, they're amazing–family, a bunch of good Christian guys. I feel like there is energy around this place. That's all I get from this, the vibe, so that's pretty good."

As a senior quarterback at Daphne High School, Cooper had a productive senior season. "I had a little over 1,600 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. I ran for over 500 yards and seven touchdowns."

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