"He has great hands, runs good routes," Millbrook head coach Clarence Inscore. "He's one of those dependable receivers; when you throw the ball his way, if he doesn't come down with it, nobody else is going to."
As a sophomore, Cooper became a starter at wide receiver for Millbrook and immediately made an impact with 714 yards and nine touchdowns receiving. His numbers dropped during his junior season (400 yards and six touchdowns).
"He didn't have as good a year last year, but a lot of that has to do with our quarterback play," Inscore said. "… We had a kid that had been playing two years graduate. We had a kid that started one game previously. We had a sophomore that got injured early on that would have competed for a starting position at quarterback.
"Corey didn't get frustrated. He did want he needed to do and got better as a blocker."
In back-to-back days last week, Cooper added his second and third scholarship offers – North Carolina and Tulsa. His UNC offer is contingent upon an improvement in his academic situation.
"I talked to Coach [Gunter] Brewer, the receivers coach – he had watched my highlight tape," Cooper said. "He said I'm a really good player so he offered me. But he said, ‘Make sure you stay on your academics,' because I have to take care of academic stuff. So he said, ‘Just take care of that and you're good.'
"It's cool for [UNC] to be my second offer. I've always liked the colors – Carolina Blue – and I visited there a few weeks ago and really like the campus."
Last spring, NC State became the first school to offer Cooper. He's also receiving interest from Clemson, Duke, Iowa State, Maryland, and Notre Dame.
Cooper doesn't have a set list of favorite schools, but has a soft spot for childhood favorite Clemson.
"I don't know to be honest," Cooper said. "I really like Clemson. I haven't visited – it's just been my favorite team since I was little.
"But I plan on visiting all the schools during the summer and spring and then narrowing it down. By the end of my football season, I'll probably pick."
In the next three Saturdays, Cooper will attend junior days at UNC, Maryland, and Clemson. He also plans to camp at Iowa State in June.
Previously, Cooper has visited Duke, Maryland, UNC, and NC State.
Cooper's cousin, Bruce Campbell, is an offensive lineman with the Oakland Raiders... Cooper is originally from Connecticut. He moved to North Carolina in the third grade… Football is the only sport Cooper participates in at Millbrook, but he plays AAU basketball for the Capital City Bulls.