Weight: 175 lbs
Class: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif
High School: Narbonne
2020 stats: Cooper played in 8 games for UTEP, snagging 44 receptions and a touchdown, while making one start.
2021 projections: Cooper is a true wildcard. The wideout group is unproven outside of Taj Harris, and no one really fits into the slot role except for Harris, whom the coaching staff has decided it would like to line up outside. So while returning players will be looked at above Cooper, there’s a really solid chance we see him out on the field, and there’s a non-zero chance he is the regular slot receiver when Harris is lined up outside.
How’d he get here?: You may remember Cooper from 2016, when the wide out chose Arizona over the Syracuse Orange. Since then, Cooper has played 5 NCAA seasons, 3 with Arizona and 2 with UTEP. There’s not a ton of information on how he’s made his way out East, but he was obviously familiar with Syracuse from his original recruitment.
What’d recruiting sites say?: 3 stars from back in his original recruitment days.
Twitter feed: @coopa_da_rula
Tweets of wonder: He’s got good hands!
Devaughn Cooper. What. A. Catch.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 3, 2018
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Not a movie, but this feels very Last Chance U, where Cooper is trying to latch on with one more program and make an impact before going pro or going into coaching.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Cooper hails from the same high school as former Orange wide out Sean Riley.
Let’s get a look at ya: Cooper’s got some jets and some hands!