By NU Athletic Communications
WR, 6-2, 180, Shreveport, La. (Calvary Baptist Academy)
Khiry Cooper (prounounced KY-ree) is a play-making wide receiver from the Louisiana prep ranks. He is one of four players in Nebraska's signing class who are expected to begin their career at the receiver spot. Cooper is also one of two players from Louisiana in the class, both of whom committed to NU in the past week. Cooper has used his skills to account for 42 receiving touchdowns and better than 1,700 yards over the past three seasons, including 16 trips to the end zone as a senior. The 6-2, 180-pound Cooper caught 60 passes last fall for 1,038 yards, while also seeing action on defense. His play led Calvary Academy to a 12-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals in Class 2A. For his efforts, Cooper was a first-team Class 2A all-state selection and was also a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate’s “Second Dozen” of top players in Louisiana. Cooper nabbed 50 receptions for 750 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. During his sophomore campaign in 2005, Cooper was key contributor at wide receiver and free safety, grabbing 48 receptions for 597 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooper's coach at Calvary Academy was Doug Pederson, who played quarterback in the NFL for 12 seasons, most recently the 2000 to 2004 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Cooper also uses his 4.4 speed to roam center field for the Calvary Academy baseball team, and he hopes to be a dual-sport athlete at Nebraska. Last season Cooper hit .420 to lead his team to a state title. Cooper is ranked among the top 30 football players in the state of Louisiana by both Rivals.com and SuperPrep Magazine. Cooper chose Nebraska over Arkansas. He is the son of Yolanda Cooper and was born on Jan. 18, 1990.