2014 Recruit Eric Cooper Decommits from the Arizona Wildcats

By Joseph Nardone
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I suppose the excitement of Sean Miller seemingly being targeted by Ed Rush was not enough for the Arizona Wildcats. Now, it has been reported that a recruiting prospect for the 2014 class has decided to decommit from the school.

Why? Well, because it has nothing to do with the obvious situation of his high school teammate, Grant Jerrett, saying he may leave the program — so he says.

Eric Cooper is not exactly a top-tier prospect. Most of the recruiting websites do not even have him rated. In fact, the guard has been plagued in his high school career by so many injury issues that it is pretty surprising that he is taking a leap of faith and seeing what else is out there as far as scholarship offers go.

Regardless, Cooper is claiming it has nothing to do with Jerrett possibly going pro. Still, the guard has not given a definitive reason for why he has decided to decommit from the school. Considering the timing — one day after Jerrett talked about going pro — it seems far too coincidental that the two moves are not linked to one another.

Even more odd, since Cooper committed as a sophomore in high school but has been plagued with injuries every since, Miller has never pulled his scholarship offer from the player, which is a move that college coaches seem to do on the regular. Miller, it would seem, really liked Cooper’s game.

The now decommit did make it obvious though that he plans on keeping Arizona on the top of his potential universities to attend. He did not talk about which other schools he is looking at.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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