Big body arriving at WSU next week

ONE OF THE big bodies from last year's Washington State recruiting class who ran into some academic hurdles has put his house in order and is expected to begin classes in Pullman next week. The January arrival puts the defensive tackle on a glide path for spring ball and an early jump in learning the Wazzu system.

Xavier Cooper, who signed a few days after Letter of Intent Day in February of 2010, will join early prep enrollees Henry Eaddy, Isiah Myers and Darryl Monroe next week in Pullman, CF.C has confirmed through reliable sources. Listed a year ago by WSU at 6-4, 285 pounds, Cooper looks to be ticketed for the interior of the WSU defensive line.

Out of Tacoma's Wilson High, he racked up 85 tackles as a senior in 2009, with 11 of them sacks.

Cooper's offers coming out of high school included Wisconsin, with others like Tennessee, Oregon and UCLA waiting to see how his academic progress would turn out before deciding if they would offer. He was pegged by as a 2-star defensive end, with a position ranking of No. 159 a year ago.

"He definitely has Pac-10 skills and a Pac-10 frame," said Paul Wulff this past February in announcing Cooper's signing.

What Cooper will bring most to WSU this spring is perhaps his athleticism.

"There aren't a lot of guys who are 6-4, 265 that are throwing down two-handed dunks and going up for alley-oops," Cooper told CF.C earlier.

"If you watch his film, he's got great size and range," says Wulff. "He's very long armed and has excellent quickness… He has a great deal of potential and as he develops in the weight room, he is going to help us on the defensive line."

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