South Carolina has found themselves quite the steal in 2013 commitment Pharoh Cooper.
Cooper, a high three-star recruit on the 247sports.com database, made the move to offense this season and blew up the competition with his athletic ability. Cooper guided Havelock to the 3A State Title in North Carolina this past fall and earned MVP honors of the state championship game. He then followed that up with offensive MVP honors in the annual SC/NC Shrine Bowl with 253 yards of all-purpose yards.
Initially, the Gamecocks coaching staff wanted Cooper as a defensive player, but his abilities with the ball in his hands, has given them the option to utilize his skills on offense and on special teams. If you watch the highlight film in the article, you'll see why. The speed is there. Cooper has the ability to make a quick read and use his quickness to break free. His return skills remind me of Ace Sanders to a degree with the ability to make tacklers miss with juke moves, speed and vision.
You would think a highly-talented player like Cooper wouldn't escape the grasps of the North Carolina Tar Heels, but that's exactly what happened. UNC made a late run at Cooper and tried to get him to take a look at the Tar Heels but Cooper basically said "thanks, but no thanks."
Cooper is a prospect whose stock rose as the season went on. South Carolina did an excellent job of evaluating talent here and look to have a real gem in Pharoh Cooper.