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Cooper dislocated his thumb in practice last week before the Team USA Versus the World all-star game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He missed the game, a 17-0 U.S. victory, and said Wednesday that he would need a few weeks to recover.
“I feel great about my decision. What led to the decision was how comfortable I felt when I took my visit. That really shocked me.”
A longtime Illinois commitment, Cooper never officially switched until signing day, though he visited Nebraska in early November and was actively recruited by the Huskers, Notre Dame, Arizona and Florida State. He developed a strong relationship with secondary coach Marvin Sanders and watched the development last season of NU safeties Larry Asante and Matt O'Hanlon. “I saw how he coached them up in a short period of time,” said Cooper, who collected 50 tackles and made 15 pass breakups as a senior. He also caught 41 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cooper is the icing on the cake for a solid group of defensive recruits. It's a rich-get-richer scenario for the Huskers, already loaded in the secondary. And of the newcomers in the backfield, Cooper looks the most prepared physically to get on the field immediately.