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David Cooper is the Director of Recruiting Relations at Georgia. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

David Cooper: Georgia’s first-year recruiting relations director making a sizable impact

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry shines a light on the impact that first-year Director of Recruiting Relations David Cooper has made on the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class.


Let’s flashback to the home schedule of the 2021 season. The clock turns back to pregame warmup time for the nation’s top-ranked team.

While the Bulldogs are gearing up, the first-year Director of Recruiting Relations is already tapped in. That would be David Cooper. He once held that same post at Florida but was snatched away by Louisville.

When Kirby Smart and Georgia came calling, he committed to the red and black. The Georgia native was called home, it could be said.

During those 120 minutes before the game kicks off, his eyes often dart to his phone. The thumbs and fingers are twiddling. That phone is his connection to the life’s blood of the Georgia football program.

He’s working those thumbs the way that an orchestra director conducts the harmonies of a symphony. He’s texting the recruits there, those that are almost there and those that hoped to be there.

Or he’s pinging those he wants to see in Athens for the next home game. Let the record here say that those young men usually show up, too.

Cooper is creating harmony on the recruiting trail for the ‘Dawgs. While the work of the recruiting office black belts like Christina Harris, Angela Kirkpatrick, Cam Lemmons, Logan Reed and Katie Turner has been well-documented in this space, the work of Cooper merits its own record.

There was a moment early this season where the work he has already done for the program manifested itself. That came amid an early September chat with the recruiting targets at Cedar Grove High School.

Carlton “CJ” Madden was set to commit to Georgia. So was elite 2023 cornerback prospect Kayin Lee.

But there was something that All-American Christen Miller said which stood out.

The 4-star Class of 2022 DT came alive when Cooper’s name come up. He had even more energy than normal. And that is saying quite a lot.

Miller is as expressive and engaging as any recruit will ever be in any class. But this time, the polished communicator needed no words.

“Coop and I are like this, man,” Miller said while crossing his fingers. “Just. Like. This.”

Miller then looked at his fingers and smiled. The kind that would kill at a toothpaste commercial audition.

It was all he really needed to say.

“When Coop was at Florida, Florida and I were like this,” Miller said.

He crossed his fingers and turned his gaze to them one more time.

“Florida and I were locked in like this,” Miller said. “Because of Coop. He makes you feel like family from way back. I was ready to go back home to Florida because of Coop.”

When Cooper was off to Louisville, he would seriously consider that program, too.

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