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Elite ATH Derrek Cooper Talks About Latest UGA Football Visit

June 23, 2024
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ATHENS - Earlier this month, Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs earned a commitment from elite ATH Derrek Cooper‍, one of the nation’s top prospects in the 2026 class.

But it didn’t last long.

After committing to Georgia on June 6th, Cooper opened up his recruitment just a few days later on June 10th. The entire “commitment” was a little odd, but as the kids say, “it is what it is.”

Cooper was back in Athens this week for a camp with his Chaminade-Madonna Prep (FL) team and spoke with the Georgia staff while in town.

The dynamic 6-foot-1 190-pound playmaker made sure to speak with Dawg Post to break down the visit.

“They just told me to take my time with my recruitment and that there’s no need to rush”, Cooper said. “Coach Smart said he’s still going to recruit me hard. What makes Georgia different from other programs is that they keep up with me every day and make sure I’m good.”

Cooper prayed primarily in the secondary last fall as a junior for Cardinal Gibbons, but he told Dawg Post that Georgia’s plan for him was to use him on offense.

“They really want me to play RB, they love my ability to catch out the backfield, as it goes well with their offensive play style.”


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As a prospect, Cooper brings a lengthy frame and tremendous ball skills, allowing him to make plays in all aspects of the game. He can make an impact in the secondary, at wide receiver, and on special teams.

Defensively, Cooper shows strong instincts in coverage and closes well on opposing receivers down the field. When the ball is in the air, Cooper turns into a receiver. He can snatch the ball out of the air and take off down the field. He also brings a level of physicality, hitting the ball-carrier behind his pads. He’s a sure-tackler in the open field, but his ability to make plays in coverage is a big reason why he’s ranked among the top athletes in his class.

A natural playmaker, Cooper made a big impact as a sophomore last year for Cardinal Gibbons (FL), making 49 tackles and four INTs defensively. He played some receiver last fall but has a chance to play more on offense this fall as a junior for Chaminade-Madonna Prep. His speed stands out immediately as he runs a 10.7 time in the 100-meter.

Cooper is ranked as the No. 2 ATH, the No. 3 prospect in Florida, and the No. 25 overall prospect in the country for the 2026 class.


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