Cooley entered the spring with the plan of waiting to take all five of his official visits in the fall and winter before making his college decision. So far, he has received an offer from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and UCLA.
"The recruiting process is way bigger than I expected it to be," he admitted. "To have all these colleges talking to me, it is a blessing. I am grateful for what has come in, and what might come in the future."
Cooley expects Colorado running backs coach Darian Hagan to stop by Buena Park during the spring evaluation period. Cooley earned his offer from the Buffaloes after attending their Under the Lights camp last summer.
"I loved the campus, how when you walk on campus or walk onto their field, you can look up at the mountains," he said of Colorado. "Looking up in the stands and looking up at the jumbo-tron there, I felt like maybe that could be my future one day. It was great."
Recently, Cooley made a trip to the Grand Canyon State to see both Arizona State and Arizona.
"The graduation rate at Arizona State was one of the things that stood out, and the campus was great. The hills they have and the way they are solar powered was pretty cool," he said. "Arizona State was a pretty good school to visit.
"And with Arizona, I went to their spring game and I liked the coaching they had on both sides of the ball. They were making sure they were getting their receivers the ball and the defensive backs were competing. It was great all-around."
Cooley plans to stop by UCLA and Illinois this summer. He also recently mentioned UCLA, Colorado, Colorado State and Oregon as likely official visit destinations.
"I just want to be able to see the different campuses and see how the players relate with each other," he said. "But to be honest, I am looking at the academic side of it first and then looking into the football side of it."
A two-way standout at the prep level, Cooley could play either receiver or defensive back at the next level. Right now he would prefer to play on the offensive side of the ball in college. He was named one of the top 10 offensive performers at The Opening regional event in Los Angeles in mid-March.
"At that camp I felt like I did great on my hands and I did great on my routes," Cooley recapped. "The coaches there liked the little technical stuff that I did and the way I broke off my routes. I broke off quick and square. They also liked the way my hands were catching the ball and they said they like my speed."