September 25, 2007

Three-star WR seizing opportunity

Four games into the season, the Calvary Cavaliers are undefeated and their senior wide receiver Khiry Cooper is setting himself apart as one of the top wide receivers in the state of Louisiana.

Cooper is currently ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 99 wide receiver in the country and has done everything he can to showcase his skills during his senior season, including a head-to-head showing against one of the top wide receivers in the country.

This past Friday night, Cooper and his teammates breezed past the Lakeside Warriors 47-6. Cooper hauled in one touchdown grab but after a 27-0 first quarter, there wasn't much left for him to do, spending most of the night watching the second team finish the game.

But just one week earlier was a different story.

"Last week we played Layville who has that guy Chris Tolliver and we won 37-27," Cooper said. "I had four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns."

Tolliver is ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star and the No. 10 wide receiver in the country. With the opportunity there to perform opposite such a highly-touted prospect, Cooper seized the moment.

"I just want to go out there and win the football game," Cooper said. "But it's extra motivation because [Tolliver] is one of the top wide receivers in the nation, so you want to go out and prove that you're on the same level as him. In the two games we've played against him (including last season), I think I've done that."

Cooper picked a good night to prove himself. Not only was he playing against Tolliver but he was playing in front of some interested parties in the stands.

"LSU coaches were [at the Layville game] and afterwards they said they wanted to offer me a scholarship," he said. "It says a lot to be offered by LSU because they're a great program and they can offer anyone that they want so I'm honored to hear that."

While LSU interest is picking up, Cooper has other big name programs staying in the mix as well.

"I scheduled an official visit to Florida to see Florida play Florida State," Cooper said, after talking on the phone with Florida wide receiver's coach Billy Gonzalez.

I'd like to take official visits to Florida, LSU, probably Nebraska and USC," he said when asked about his visit schedule. "USC we kind of have a connection with because of the Booty brothers so it would be a good chance to get out there and see USC. With Josh and John David (both former Calvary quarterbacks), we're really good friends with them out there."

At 6-foot-2, Cooper has good size to compliment his good hands and very polished route-running skills. Playing in the offense of 2A Louisiana power Calvary Baptist, he will need to make the most of his snaps because his Cavaliers will likely be involved in many blowouts over the course of the season. Accordingly, Cooper has set high expectations for himself and his teammates.

"We just want to win state," Cooper stated without hesitation. "Anything short of that would be a disappointment."


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