Corey Cooper is a talented defensive back prospect who joins the Nebraska program from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill. Cooper is regarded as one of the top overall prospects in Illinois and among the nation’s top safety prospects. He is the first scholarship signee from the Illinois high school ranks since Joe Ganz and Santino Panico in 2004. The 6-2, 200-pound Cooper was a dominant presence in the Proviso East defensive backfield, making about 70 tackles, while breaking up 16 passes and adding two interceptions. Offensively, Cooper was a dangerous receiver, pulling down 43 catches for 852 yards and nine touchdowns for Coach Aaron Peppers. Cooper earned West Suburban all-conference honors and was a Chicago Tribune first-team all-state selection. As a junior, Cooper helped his team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. From his defensive back spot, he had 61 tackles, 14 pass breakups, an interception and forced three fumbles. Offensively, he caught 41 passes for 814 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also a two-way starter as a sophomore when he caught 35 passes for 500 yards and four touchdowns. Cooper has also competed in basketball and track for Proviso East. He is regarded as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com, which ranks him among the nation’s top 20 safety prospects. Scout.com lists him among the top dozen safeties in the country and the top 125 overall players in the country, while SuperPrep ranks him among the top five players in Illinois and top 20 players in the Midwest region. Cooper chose Nebraska after also visiting Arizona, Illinois and Notre Dame. He is the son of Corey Sr. and Rose Cooper and was born on July 2, 1992.
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