WR/DB Claims UM Offer

Riley Cooper is tearing it up on the field this summer. It's not on the football field, however. He's been playing competitive baseball the last few months.

"I was actually at a showcase in Atlanta last week," Cooper said. "I've been really focused with baseball the last few months. I'll get back into football on, I believe it's August 8th or 12th."

Cooper, who dislocated his shoulder in the final game of his 2004 season, is coming off an impressive junior campaign.

He finished the season with 32 receptions for 985 yards and 15 touchdowns while playing wide receiver. Defensively, he had 128 total tackles and nine interceptions while playing in the defensive secondary. He was a first team All-State pick following the season.

"I'm just athletic I guess," he said. "That helps me make all the plays that I'm able to make. I just go out there and play hard."

Cooper, 6-2 and 195 pounds, hasn't decided which side of the ball he'll play on in college.

"I really don't know right now," he said. "It doesn't matter either way to me. It's still up in the air. Whatever the coaches talk about, I'm OK with that. "

Cooper, who scored a 1370 on the new SAT (out of 2400), has been a two-way starter since his sophomore year. He hopes to play both sports in college.

"I'm gonna try doing both but I'm not sure how that's gonna work out," he said. "I am not real sure yet about that whole thing. I'm just focused on what's going on right now."

The talented senior hasn't been to any football camps because of his commitment to his summer baseball season. And despite not playing football this spring, college coaches havent slowed down a bit in their pursuit of Cooper.

"I had so many coaches calling and coming by the school," he said. "I probably have close to 25 scholarship offers in writing right now. I haven't narrowed down to a top 10 or anything like that. All I know is that I'm trying to keep my options open."

One of those written offers, Cooper says, is from Miami.

"They're one of the ones who have it in writing," he said. "I'm good friends with AJ (Trump) and he's said some good things about the school. I'll be down there next weekend (for baseball stuff) so I plan on taking a visit to the school to meet with the coaches and check out the school and things like that. I'll know a lot more about them after my trip there. I know they're very successful and it's obviously a great program."

Cooper has two teammates -- linebacker Colin McCarthy and offensive lineman Kevin Young -- who are also being recruited by Miami. They don't claim written offers yet, however.

Post-Spring Hot 100 rank: 35th

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