Class of 2008

Khiry Cooper

HometownShreveport, LA
High schoolCalvary Baptist Academy

Khiry (pronounced Kie-ree) says: "I just bonded with the coaches. It came down to seeing the facilities and getting a feel for which school was right for me. Nebraska just seemed like a great fit."

Did you know?

Cooper first met Bo Pelini at an LSU football camp last summer. His high school coach is former Green Bay Packers quarterback Doug Pederson.


"Are there guys out there who are faster? Yeah. But what you're going to see is discipline in how he runs his routes and reads coverages." -- Pederson, in his third year at Calvary

The gurus say ranked Cooper the 102nd-best receiver in the country. awarded him three stars. Pederson said Cooper's height makes him a pill for defensive backs. He's fast, he's got "great hands" and he's developed the finer points of playing receiver.

About Cooper

His father collapsed and died during a recreational basketball game when Khiry was 12 years old. He had 60 catches for 1,037 yards and 16 touchdowns for a state semifinal qualifier. A touted center fielder, he plans to play baseball at Nebraska and should get picked in June's MLB Draft. Education is important to Cooper, but Pederson said "he'd be crazy not to consider" baseball if he's an early-round draft pick. Right now, Pederson said, Cooper is better at baseball.

Our take

Cooper comes from a high school program designed to send kids to Division I, but it may take him awhile to adjust to the speed and size of Big 12 secondaries.

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