Buena Park (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Devon Cooley made Scout look good Saturday at the King Of The I.E. Tournament by looking good himself.
Cooley had several touchdown catches and also a pair of interceptions. With scholarship offers from Oregon, Colorado, Colorado State and Cal, he is destined to rack up even more college options this spring.
“Those schools like the way I play — they like the hunger in me,” said Cooley. “They like the way I go up for the ball, they way I jump for it and play physical. They say they like everything about me.”
Cooley is rated the nation’s No. 35 wide receiver by Scout, but sees himself as an athlete with no preference for what position he plays in college.
Cooley has a scholarship offer from UCLA and attended their camp last summer. He has also attended games at USC.
“Last game I went to I spoke to the wide receivers coach and the defensive backs coach,” said Cooley. “They said they liked my film, but I haven’t talked to them as much as I have with UCLA.
“I talked to Coach (Eric) Yarber and Meat (Demetrice Martin) at UCLA. They talk more about the academics and what they have to offer me at UCLA.”
Cooley has no favorite schools going into the spring and has no set plans to unofficially visit any schools either.
“Honestly, I feel blessed just to be in this position,” said Cooley. “I have no plans or anything when it comes to recruiting. I’m taking everything day by day.”
While USC is not a major presence in his recruitment, Cooley would like to hear more from the Trojans coaching staff in the future.
“When I think of USC, I think of them winning the Rose Bowl,” said Cooley. “I also think of their campus. I’ve been there a few times and it’s great.
“I’ve also seen the aerial view of the new buildings and it was great. I also like the aura in the locker room at USC. I like how the players treat each other. They treat each other like they are brothers.”