Now five years after graduating, Cooper is set to begin his second year at Snow (Utah) College and his first as the sole starter at quarterback.
"Last year we rotated, but this year it's just me," said Cooper, who completed 62% of his passes a season ago.
Cooper spent the 2004 season as a greyshirt, and last year was a true freshman, so when he puts an end to his career at Snow, he'll have three years to play two seasons.
"Technically, I've already graduated. I walked but I haven't received my diploma. So I can sign in December and be gone in January," said Cooper.
Where he goes is still the bigger question but there are five schools that he's been in contact with and there is mutual interest in.
"BYU, Clemson, Oregon, Nebraska and Utah are the schools I've been hearing from," said Cooper. "BYU, Clemson and Nebraska are the most serious ones right now."
Cooper doesn't have any offers but expects that to change with a strong sophomore campaign at Snow.
"We just started sending out our spring game tape so I think schools wanted to see that. I'm looking at a school that I can play at early," said Cooper. "Everyone would like to stay close to home, but I have no problem leaving to play."
After spending two years in Nicaragua, leaving home isn't a new concept for Cooper and he also feels that his time away from the game, and ensuing maturity has made him a better player.
"It gave my body time to grow and for me to grow up," said Cooper.
Cooper attended the 2006 JCFootball.com NorCal Combine and looked good in the one-on-ones showing a strong arm. He put up 14 reps of 185 and had vertical of over 34 inches. His forty is in the 4.7 range.