The Syracuse Orange football program isn’t done making additions yet for 2021, apparently. According to a report from 247Sports’ Stephen Bailey, UTEP Miners transfer wide receiver Devaughn Cooper has joined the team — and has since been officially added to the Orange roster.
Cooper is a redshirt senior walk-on, but has plenty of experience at the college level. He played with Arizona for three seasons, collecting 21 catches for 395 yards, before transferring to UTEP. In two seasons with the Miners, he had 20 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown.
The Los Angeles product actually comes from the same high school (Narbonne) as former Syracuse wideout Sean Riley, and there’s Cooper could find himself in the slot just like Riley did with SU. Cooper’s 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, so would most likely be on the inside. Taj Harris could wind up being the Orange’s starting slot receiver as well this year, though Courtney Jackson and Trebor Pena are other options there.
While Cooper’s currently a walk-on, who knows if that’ll stay the case since ‘Cuse has scholarships available right now. We’ll obviously take any help we can get out wide given the lack of real experience no the depth chart. So Cooper’s five years at the college level — even with action relatively limited there — could still pay dividends for a team looking for playmakers to emerge.
Not a ton of tape on Devaugh out there, but here’s one impressive clip of him Khalil Tate connecting with him at Arizona below. It’s a nice grab from Cooper as he manages to create just enough separation downfield to make the diving play.