Devon Cooley (Brandon Huffman)

2018 4-star WR Cooley Emerging This Fall

Buena Park (Calif.) 2018 four-star receiver Devon Cooley is part of a loaded receiver corps for the Coyotes but has emerged this fall as a national name...

Buena Park (Calif.) 2018 receiver Devon Cooley has three offers midway through his junior season.

But that number figures to grow over the next few months for the four-star.

"I have three offers right now, from UCLA, Colorado and Colorado State," said Cooley.  "Right now, I don't know really know yet which school could be next, but I'm confident and talking with my coaches, some more could be around the corner."

UCLA offered Cooley at their camp in June after he went just looking to get some experience and work.

"I went to their camp just thinking I would get better and enhance my techniques," said Cooley.  "But after I played against some of the top DB's there, I ended up coming up with an offer.  That wasn't expected.  But it was God showing his presence.  It was a great feeling."

Last weekend, UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin was in attendance to watch Cooley, and he scored two touchdowns in the game.

"Having Coach Meat there and scoring twice, that was a great experience," said Cooley.  "I came in confident knowing that me and my teammates did our stuff in practice, and him being there, just had me show out for everyone.  I came out confident and I was going to perform no matter what. And I've been talking more with Coach Yarbs (receivers coach Eric Yarber) and I was at the game against UNLV. I'll be going to a few more games this year."

Colorado is also after Cooley, the first Pac-12 school to offer him.

"Coach (Darrin) Chiaverini, their receivers coach, is recruiting me and I'm hoping to get out to Colorado this season to see them play and check out the school," said Cooley.

Cooley said going up against four-star cornerback Elijah Gates daily the last year has helped him.

"Lining up against Elijah brings out the competitor in both of us," said Cooley.  "He's brought me up as a person and teammate."

So have his two Cal-committed teammates at receiver, Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins.

"During the summer, when all these receivers were working out, they would help me with my technique and help me perform better," said Cooley.  "Having competition with better players and having those players around me just makes me better."

When his next offer comes remains to be seen, but Cooley is grateful to be in the position he's in.

"I really hadn't been thinking about what colleges would offer me when I got my first offers, so I haven't really thought about which college could be next," said Cooley.  "I never had a college I dreamed of when I was a kid.  So that will help me when I have a chance to choose from colleges because I can have an open mind."

Academically, Cooley has a 3.0 and will take the SAT in the spring.


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