Ron Brown already an impact on recruiting

Just because signing day is closing in, it doesn't mean that the official visits will start to taper off. Point of fact, Nebraska could get a surge in visits over the next couple of weeks. And one of the latest developments in official visits is wide receiver Khiry Cooper, and he's going to Nebraska on the 1st of February to see if Nebraska stacks up with his impressive list of offers.

Louisiana may not be Texas , Florida or California when it comes to the sheer amount of Division 1-A football players it puts out every year, but they still have their time in the sun. The list is a litany of the who's who in football ranks, including such standout NFL Draftees this coming year like LSU's Early Doucet and Glen Dorsey to John David-Booty at USC and Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams.

They put out their share, and as much as LSU usually gets most of them, reality says they can't get them all.

Nebraska is going after a few down there in the Bayou-state, including Shreveport , Louisiana 's Khiry Cooper.

A rangy wide receiver, Cooper totaled over a thousand yards receiving this season, scoring 16 times. And as his head coach said, the numbers don't give you even a hint of just what he's all about. "If I could mold a player and put him all over the team, it would be him," said Doug Pederson, who spent double-digit years in the NFL, most notably as a back up to current Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre. "It's not just his athleticism and everything he brings to the field, but off the field he's just a great kid."

Pederson has obviously seen his share of great players. While Cooper isn't likely to make it into the top five of some of the best players someone from the NFL ranks has ever seen, what Cooper has, he believes is going to be able to get the job done for anyone. "You want speed, he's got it. He can run routes well, is good at going up and getting the ball and he's good at getting off the line," Pederson said. "There really isn't a downside to his game."

Cooper's recruiting has certainly heated up, the Calvary Baptist Academy standout sitting on offers from Arkansas , Nebraska and 2006 National Champ Florida . Cooper is set to visit Arkansas this weekend and he'll be visiting Nebraska the week after that.

The official visit to Lincoln which was something that developed a little later for Cooper, but Cooper said that he's excited about the trip nonetheless. "I've heard plenty about Nebraska and it will be nice just to get up there and check things out for myself," he said.

Cooper's recruiters from Nebraska have been defensive assistant Mike Ekeler, wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore and tight ends coach Ron Brown.

Ekeler recruits that region, Gilmore would be his position coach, but it is Brown who has perhaps the strongest connection to Cooper. The reason being is that Brown served for years as a Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which Cooper is a part of and says is a very important aspect to his life. Brown certainly isn't the first coach to have ties to the FCA, but Cooper, who was accompanied by Brown to Church in Khiry's hometown in recent weeks, sees that what Brown says and does, prove he's the real deal.

"There are some who talk about it and you can tell pretty easily if they are serious about their faith or it's something they are saying just to say it," Cooper said. "Coach Brown – he's just a great individual. He believes, it's part of his life and that feels good for me, because it's not just something you do, it's something you are. You can't talk about it. It's just part of who you are as a person."

Cooper will be one of many wide receivers which Nebraska has hosted or will be hosting in the near future. Along with him are prospects like Brodrick Smith, Cortney and Steven Osborne, Kenny Stafford and fellow Louisianan Laron Byrd. Already committed to play the position is Kyler Reed, who will be visiting this weekend, which is the weekend Byrd, Stafford and the Osbornes are slated to come in.

Like any visit, Cooper is excited to see the school, but more excited to see what kind of place Nebraska could be. "I'm interested in more things than I think the average person is, because it's the community, people and character of the coaches that is really important to me," he said. "Football is something I love, but it's not who I am. I want to be at a place which I can grow as a person, too."

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