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Syracuse Signee Corey Cooper Fails to Qualify, Will Prep This Fall

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One of SU's top 2013 recruits, wide receiver Corey Cooper, won't make it to campus this season, but hopes to join the team after one semester.

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Update: Godspeed, Corey

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Original: Non-qualifiers are almost an inevitability in football recruiting, and according to a report from Syracuse.com's Nate Mink, this year's victim is Millbrook High School (Raleigh, NC) wide receiver Corey Cooper:

Cooper was considered one of the top recruits in Syracuse's 2013 class, receiving three stars from Scout, Rivals, 247, and ESPN. Scout ranked Cooper #182 among all receivers nationally, while ESPN ranked him at #78, and 247 at #86.

Cooper chose Syracuse over a slew of other schools, including ACC rivals Louisville, Maryland, Miami, UNC, NC State, Pitt, and Wake Forest, as well as other programs like UConn, South Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Oklahoma State.

According to Mink's report, Cooper plans on enrolling at Syracuse after one semester at a prep school. I don't believe he's a real threat to head elsewhere, as he is really high on SU based on his Twitter account, and has been actively recruiting his cousin Harold Cooper, who is a three star running back at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, CT.

While this is a disappointing turn of events, especially because Cooper could have challenged for playing time this year and now will miss out on a trip to play in his hometown on October 12 when the Orange travel to Raleigh to play NC State, Syracuse should have some decent depth at wide receiver this season. Since Cooper only anticipates one semester at prep school, he should be pretty close to qualifying, and we should see him on campus in 2014.