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Pro-style QB prospect Cammon Cooper is big.
- Check his size: 6 feet. 4 inches. 200 pounds. 10.4-inch hands.
- Check his stats: He’s averaged 255 yards per game and 2.3 touchdowns during his prep career. He was busy averaging 34 attempts per game but still completed 61 percent of those passes.
- Check those wavy locks: The 3-star prospect will need a big haircut one day. Cooper’s big junior year saw him throw for 4,059 yards and 38 touchdowns.
The prospect from Lehi, Utah, was in the Southeast this weekend to take advantage of a previously-planned trip to Tennessee. But he sneaked in an unofficial visit to UGA yesterday.
“Cam” left with another big offer.
“They told me they were really interested in me,” Cooper said. “Then to come out and I did. When they saw me there, they ended up offering me in the end. I guess it was worth it.”
Coach Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney were in the room when he got that UGA offer.
“They pretty much said they liked my athletic ability but I’m also a pure passer that can create and make time for myself and run for a first down if I have to,” Cooper said. “But I’m not that dual-threat type of passer.”
He rates as a 3-star recruit and as the nation’s No. 25 pro-style prospect. He’s also fairly explosive for the QB spot. When he tested at the Nike Los Angeles Opening regional, he showed a 38-inch vertical leap and a 4.78-second laser time in the 40.
Does UGA have a shot with Cammon Cooper?
It bears repeating he was on his way to Knoxville. The Volunteers are on him hard. Cooper said Tennessee coaches are texting him every day they can. Georgia has only been in touch with him for the last 2 months, but that has ratcheted up lately.
Cooper hopes to make his decision prior to his senior season. That’s important.
There are only 10 of the 24 quarterback prospects ahead of him on the pro-style list who have yet to commit. Only 10 of the top 25 dual-threat QBs remain uncommitted.
Cooper told DawgNation the Bulldogs have only been seriously recruiting him now for about 2 weeks.
“The Georgia visit definitely opens things back up and things up for me with them,” he said. “I wasn’t really very close to committing anywhere. I am definitely trying to commit before the season. I’m still open up and open to everything. Georgia definitely has a shot now.”
He enjoyed sitting in the meeting room with Chaney and Georgia’s quarterbacks. He also saw the Bulldogs practice, too. His eyes locked on the playmakers and the receivers he could work with. Cooper saw some sure hands in the red zone.
He’s also not worried about competition.
“You’re going to have to compete anywhere you go,” Cooper said. “I definitely see myself competing anywhere. Especially there. With there being such little depth at quarterback besides those 2 main guys. It is nice to know you could already be up there on the depth chart at Georgia. But it comes to mind though that those are 2 really good guys there already and I will be behind them there if I came in.”
He won’t worry about Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm. He’ll worry about Cam Cooper.
“That won’t be a big factor to me because I know I will be able to come in and compete,” he said. “I will come in with the right mindset to do everything I can to start and do all I can to beat out the guy in front of me.”
He plans to graduate early and enroll in January of 2018. The Georgia and Tennessee offers allowed him to make his first trip to the South.
“Coach Chaney said he was really going to have to start recruiting me hard,” Cooper said. “He said he was going to have to come out to Utah soon. Tennessee is texting me every day. Ole Miss is texting me every day. So are Arizona State and Washington State. Those schools all recruit me very hard right now.”
He said the Georgia trip rates favorably with recent visits to Arizona State, Boise State and Washington State, among others.
“I really liked it,” Cooper said. “Especially the coaches and the past that Coach Chaney said he has about his quarterbacks. I think he said the last 8 quarterbacks he’s coached are all still playing. They are all still in college or in the NFL right now. That was really big on me. Everyone has really nice facilities but the ones there (at Georgia) are also exceptional.”
He’s thinking about exploring a career in business and or finance, but that’s not set yet. He also took a quick tour to learn about the Terry College of Business.
Latest UGA visitors list
DawgNation has had its list up on its message board since last Friday. We’ve been continually adding names as they confirm their attendance.
5-star RB Zamir White has yet to share his travel plan. The only other likely candidate was Alabama, but his name hasn’t appeared on the visitor’s list in Tuscaloosa that was compiled by SEC Country.
Colquitt County LB J.J. Peterson now will make the trip. He visited Alabama on Thursday and will now be at G-Day, too. I still have the sense that Alabama leads there.
Here’s the latest G-Day list we have put together at this time.
(Other than the expected in-state guys)
5-star OT Isaiah Wilson (Coming all the way from Brooklyn)
4-star RB D’Andre Swift (Part of that 2-link Philadelphia-to-UGA pipeline)
4-star WR Mark Webb, Jr. (Part of that 2-link Philly-to-UGA pipeline)
MAJOR 2018 TARGETS
5-star OG Jamaree Salyer
5-star QB Matthew Corral (Southern Cal commit)
4-star LB J.J. Peterson
4-star DB Trey Dean
4-star OG Trey Hill
4-star WR Josh Vann
4-star DE Brenton Cox
4-star RB Dameon Pierce (Alabama commit)
4-star LB Channing Tindall
4-star ATH Kyler McMichael
4-star ATH Nathaniel Watson
3-star DT Darnell Jefferies
3-star CB Christopher Smith
3-star TE John Fitzpatrick
3-star TE Kyle Pitts (HS teammates with ’17 signee Mark Webb, Jr.)
2-star P Jake Camarda (Nation’s No. 1 K and No. 4 P for 2018)
MAJOR 2019 TARGETS
5-star DE/OLB Nolan Smith (UGA commit)
5-star WR Jaden Haselwood (UGA commit)
5-star WR Dominick Blaylock
5-star LB/S Owen Pappoe
4-star OL/DL Christopher Hinton
4-star DT Rashad Cheney Jr. (UGA commit)
4-star OL Warren McClendon
4-star LB JD Bertrand
4-star OT Luke Griffin (UGA commit)
4-star DE/OLB Kevin Harris II
4-star OG Keiondre Jones
4-star OG/C Clay Webb
4-star TE Ryland Goede
4-star DE Derrick McLendon
4-star RB Ronald Thompkins
Unrated S Jalyn Phillips
NOTABLES NOT ATTENDING
2018 5-star DB Tyreke Johnson (His brother’s spring game is at FAU that day)
2018 4-star CB Christian Tutt (He’ll be at Alabama)
2018 3-star legacy TE Tommy Tremble (Has prom)
2018 UGA commit Donovan Georges (Distance a factor from Miami; Will visit this summer.)
2018 3-star DT Emmitt Gooden (JUCO prospect. Has JUCO spring ball)
2018 4-star WR Justyn Ross (Will be at Alabama’s spring game.)
2018 4-star DT prospect T.K. Chimedza (Spring drills and travel from IMG Academy in Fla.)
2019 4-star DE target Travon Walker (Has AAU basketball)
2019 5-star ATH JaShawn Sheffield (Likely Miami that day)
Note: All ratings from the 247Sports composite or 247Sports where the composite does not apply.
Reminder: Other big schools like Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, UT and Virginia Tech have their spring games that day. That makes a G-Day visit a pretty big deal. Lots of competition for visits on that weekend.