"I am a competitor."

"I am a competitor."

Amari Cooper, four-star wide receiver from Miami-Northwestern, Fla., watched as his overall rating jump after a solid performance at the Under Armour All-Star game in January. Cooper talked 'Why Alabama' and much more...


Amari Cooper
Scout.com Rating: Four-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 12 Wide Receiver, National 100
Size: 6-foot-2, 185-pounds
School: Miami, Fla. (Northwestern)
Projected Position: Wide Receiver

Stats: Cooper recorded 36 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns during the 2011 season. He was a standout in the Under Armour All-America game where he scored two touchdowns.
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Commit Date: 09/22/2011

Strengths/Improvements: "Coach Saban told me I have the opportunity to play early. He said the biggest thing is maturity. You have to grasp everything and stay focused. I think I can do it all. I am a competitor. I'm going in there and and working hard. If I do what I know I can do, I think I'll play early."

Recruiting Competition: Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, West Virginia

Why Alabama: "I really like all of the coaches They all care about you. They told me I will have a good opportunity to play early because they are in need of wideouts. They play football based on match-ups," Cooper said about the Tide's offense.

"If they have a mis-match they are going to take advantage of it. I really like that. I felt like it was the best choice for me. I felt like the opportunities they presented to me there were great.

"It was one of the best campuses I visited. I feel good about it. The campus is amazing. It was the best campus I've ever been to. I went to Alabama's camp during the summer wanting to get an offer from them. Coach Saban offered me. The fact Alabama is in desperate need of guys to come in and compete for playing time right away stood out to me. I just liked everything about Alabama."

Andrew Bone says: "There is a lot to like about with Amari Cooper. He had a strong senior season and was a standout in the post-season all-star game. Cooper does a great job beating his man in press coverage. He is physical at the line of scrimmage and has a great initial burst. He is a player who creates great separation. He is a smooth route runner and has excellent speed and size. He can make plays in the open field and go across the middle.

"Cooper is already enrolled at Alabama and will compete in spring practice. Alabama loses key players at the receiver position and will need young players to contribute. Cooper has a great chance of playing his freshman season in Tuscaloosa."

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