BCS Offer for Cooper

Northwestern High School wide receiver Amari Cooper has received a scholarship offer from West Virginia -- a school that he has watched and followed for several years.

A Miami, Fla., native, Amari Cooper is very familiar with West Virginia -- a school that he has watched play and that has become home to a number of players from his area of the state.

"I've watched them for a long time, and it really felt good to get that West Virginia offer," he said after receiving word of the scholarship tender. "It's a good school. I know they have a lot of players from here around Miami, and I am really interested in them."

Cooper added WVU to an existing list of offers that included Florida International and UCF, but that list is sure to grow as he participates in camps and 7-on-7 events over the summer. His coach at Northwestern plans to take he and several of his teammates to camps, and he also plays for the South Florida Express, a 7-on-7 travel team that has made a national splash on the growing summer football scene.

Due to those commitments, he might not be able to make a visit in the short term to West Virginia, but said he definitely intended to do so once the window opens for official visits later this year.

A rangy receiver with good body control, Cooper has already made a great showing at the BadgerSport 7-on-7 in Tampa, Fla, in mid-March, and expects to continue to do so throughout the summer. His mix of size and skill will likely attract more offers before all is said and done.

"I have good body control, and I set up my routes and can fool defensive backs," Cooper said in describing his abilities. "I run routes well, and I can get in and out of breaks quickly."

At 6-1 and 180 pounds, Cooper has the size to be an outside receiver, but his sub-4.4 clocking in the 40-yard dash also give him the ability to get downfield and make big plays. Put all of those attributes together, and he appears to have all the tools necessary to have a major impact in college.

That said, Cooper hasn't racked up many offers yet, but that's mostly due to a lack of exposure to date. Cooper had a nagging hip injury last year that allowed him to appear in just parts of five games, so he didn't grab a great deal of notice on the recruiting trail.

"I do think that affected my recruiting, but I'm trying to put that behind me," said Cooper, who clearly doesn't want to relive his frustrating junior season. "I want to get out this year and show what I can do."

As he shows his talents, Cooper will also begin to formulate his plans for making a decision on a college. He hasn't set a timetable yet, but knows some of the factors that will go into the decision.

"I'll talk with my mom, and we'll make the decision together," he said. "I am interested in history, so I want the school to have a good history program. I want to go somewhere with good quarterbacks that has the chance to win a national title."

Cooper is being recruited by WVU assistant Robert Gillespie.

"Coach Gillespie is a good person," he related. "He explains everything to me -- who we was, and about the school. He's talked to me about the offense, and how I can fit in."


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