Merced athlete gets huge offer

Going into the recruiting process tight end/wide receiver/linebacker Kenneth Cooper (6-5, 245, 4.5) from Merced, Calif., was one of the Golden State's most intriguing prospects. His athleticism and versatility is his drawing card. Just yesterday, Cooper picked up a huge offer all the east coast to see his offers climb to six.
"Kenny was offered by the University of Miami, Fla., last night via mail," Merced coach Rob Scheidt said. "I have been in conversation with the University of Maryland as well and Maryland has requested film on him and his transcripts."
That the Hurricanes are coming all the way from talent laden, South Florida, speaks volumes of Cooper's ability. The Miami area is one of the most bountiful areas for football talent in the nation.
The Miami Hurricanes join Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Colorado and Nebraska as schools that have offered him a scholie.
"Kenny is having a great for us," Scheidt said. "He is averaging over 20 yards a catch. In terms of his blocking, we are very happy. He is getting the job done for us."
On the season, Cooper has hauled in 17 receptions for 374 yards and scored four touchdowns with a long of 80 yards. His average per catch is 22.0 yards.
"Kenny isn't talking visits yet," Scheidt said. "He has some things to take care of first."
Cooper earned all-area, all-district and all-conference honors from his tight end position as a junior mostly for his blocking skills. He ended up with seven receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Cooper was selected to the California Preseason Top 100 for the class of 2009 landing as the Golden State's No.51 prospect at any position.