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Zerrick Cooper nets four college football offers this week

This past week, Jonesboro quarterback Zerrick Cooper has gotten four college scholarship offers from SEC and ACC schools. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

This past week, Jonesboro quarterback Zerrick Cooper has gotten four college scholarship offers from SEC and ACC schools. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

JONESBORO — It has been like a “dream come true” the last three weeks for Jonesboro sophomore Zerrick Cooper.

To start the month, the sophomore was a top reserve on the Cardinals basketball team, which won the Class AAAA title with a win over Columbia at the Macon Coliseum.

This past week, he received four college football scholarship offers. The first to offer was Miami, which was followed by North Carolina State, Kentucky and Ole Miss.

“It has been pretty crazy, but exciting,” Cooper said. “It has been like a dream come true for me this week.”

Cooper, a Miami native, was back in South Florida when the Hurricanes offered him a scholarship.

“I grew up a big Miami fan,” Cooper said. “It was real special with them being the first to offer. I was a Hurricane fan when they were winning all those national championships.”

This past season, Cooper split time at quarterback with senior Mario Atkinson. They helped lead the Cardinals into the state playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Westover. He threw for 1,200 yards on 83 of 156 passing with six touchdowns.

Cooper was also a starting safety for the Cardinals, but has been offered as a quarterback.

“We knew it was just a matter of time before the offers would come,” Jonesboro offensive coordinator Nate Wardlaw said. “We thought it would be around spring practice when the schools come out. We are definitely not surprised at the caliber of offers he has. Coop is a good athlete.”

Cooper said that he expects an offer from Georgia in the coming weeks, and has hopes that LSU, Alabama, Florida, Louisville and Florida State will extend an offer.

Wardlaw said Cooper is part of a talented 2016 class at the school. With the offers, Cooper said that it will now bring some added pressure to perform.

But he said he is ready to take on the challenge.

“It is pressure, but I have to play through it,” Cooper said. “I know there is some high expectation. I’m ready for it.”

Wardlaw agreed.

“Naturally we are happy for him,” Wardlaw said. “He has a lot of work to do, but there are some high expectations placed on his shoulders. I know he is ready to work, and lead this team.”