Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne athlete DeVaughn Cooper has become a hot name in the June gloom overcast skies of Southern California this summer.
Cooper has obtained recent scholarship offers from Washington and
Michigan, with schools closer to home giving him a lot more attention
as of late. Two weeks ago, USC and UCLA both attended a passing
tournament to watch Cooper specifically.
“I talked to Coach (Keith) Heyward after the passing league at Serra
and he liked what he saw,” said Cooper. “He liked how I moved and the
things I can do as a receiver.
“I primarily talk to Tee Martin and he says that they like me at
receiver. I haven’t really been talking to them for very long, so we’ll
see what they say this summer. I’m supposed to go to their camp.”
Cooper also has scholarship offers from Arizona, Kansas, Washington State. A scholarship offer from USC would make a rather large impact on
“I grew up in the area and I’m familiar with the community, said
Cooper. “I’ve been up there a few times just to play pick up games of
football. I’m up there a lot and I feel like I know a lot about the
“I have a lot of interest in them. It’s a prestigious school, and
getting a degree from USC would be a big thing. Growing up in the area,
I’m familiar with the school and I would be a good fit. Being close to
home is nice.”
Cooper also notes the Trojans’ run of wide receivers being drafted to
the NFL in recent years — a total nine in the past decade.
“USC is a great school for a receiver because they put a lot of
receivers out to the league,” said Cooper. “That’s something to
consider, and I like the receivers coach (Tee Martin) as well.”
This far, USC has not hinted to Copper about a scholarship offer, but
he is still willing to prove he deserves one.
“I’m not really sure where that (a scholarship offer) stands, but they
do want me to camp,” said Cooper. “I’ll go to the camp, but I’m not
sure which one right now.”
Cooper has no imminent cut of college options in the foreseeable
future, but he does want to take a few unofficial visits this summer to
the school who have offered him scholarships.
“I definitely want to get out to see Michigan,” said Cooper. “I think
I’ll visit Arizona again too. I want to eventually visit Washington,
Washington State and Colorado.
“Michigan might be an official visit too. I’m not really sure yet when
I want to make a decision. I might want to wait to see what other
schools come in and offer me.”
Cooper in contact with USC
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