Zerrick Cooper talks to Streeter, discusses Elite 11

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Cooper works out at Dabo Swinney's camp last summer

Zerrick Cooper Zerrick Cooper
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Jonesboro, GA

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had an interesting weekend.

The 2016 Clemson quarterback commit out of Jonesboro (GA) learned that he had been invited to the Nike Elite 11 quarterback camp, and then talked with new quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter for the first time.

Streeter was hired in December after former offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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left to become the head coach at SMU, and it was the first time Cooper had a chance to talk with his future coach.

“It went pretty good, he is pretty cool,” Cooper told TigerNet Sunday. “We just had a chance to chat. We are going to talk more when I go up on January 31st when I go up there for a visit. He was just telling me about himself and that he played for Clemson. He is a great guy, and I could learn a lot from him.”

Cooper said that he was happy to see that Clemson’s offense didn’t miss a beat without Morris, running up a 40-6 score on Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl in December under new co-offensive coordinators Jeff ScottJeff Scott
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and Tony ElliottTony Elliott
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“It was very explosive. I saw that since Coach Morris has left, they haven’t missed a step and they are still very explosive. They played a very confident game.”

Cooper said that Elliott had already reached out to him after Morris left.

“He wanted us to build a relationship with each other,” he said. “Kind of like it was with Coach Streeter, it was just getting to know him and I am looking forward to spending more time with him on January 31st.”

Cooper will make his way out to Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon in July to participate in the Elite 11, a "campetition" for quarterback recruits. The quarterback prospects receive top-level instruction from former professionals and private quarterback coaches. (Despite the "11" name, there are actually 18 quarterbacks selected.)

Cooper told TigerNet he thinks he will be healthy enough to participate – he suffered a knee injury that cut his 2014 season short.

“This is my second year going. And I hope I can make it out to the Opening,” he said. “I will be cleared in two months. I will participate in spring practice and not the spring game.”

As a junior in split quarterback duty, he threw for 1,200 yards on 83 of 156 passing with six touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 2,200 yards and 23 touchdowns and also rushed for 404 yards and 11 more scores.

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