He won’t make any Junior College All-America lists, yet he’s definitely one of the hottest prospects in the junior college ranks. Who is he? He’s John Cooper of Pasadena City College.
There’s good reason Cooper won’t make any of those lists. He’s not playing ball this season, having already used all of his junior college eligibility.
A pre-season all-conference selection a year ago, Cooper fractured his right ankle four games into the season and hasn’t played a down since.
However, he still has two more years of NCAA eligibility left and that’s what has some schools taking notice.
Cooper has set an official to Kansas State for Nov. 30. He says the Wildcats have offered him a scholarship, as have Michigan State, Oregon, North Carolina State, Oregon State and Central Florida. He says he is also talking to Tennessee about setting up an official visit.
A major reason for Cooper being so highly recruited has to do with his speed and his NFL-like frame.
“I can go get you a good 4.4(-second) 40 any day of the week,” the 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver said of his speed. “On a good day, I can get you a 4.3.”
His coach Tom Maher agreed.
“He’s one of those NFL guys,” Maher said. “He’s got the size, the speed, the hands. He’s got the package.”
Cooper changed his name over the summer. He was previously known as John Moore while attending Miami Senior High School in Miami, Fla.
Cooper plans to leave Pasadena City College at winter term and will complete the six additional hours he needs for his junior college degree by taking credit exams this spring. He hopes to enroll at the school of his choice this summer.