The file on Amari Cooper
Standout in high school
Amari Cooper attended Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. Yahoo! Rivals listed him as a four-star prospect and the No. 6 wide receiver in the 2011 class. After a successful high-school career, Cooper was selected to play in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game.
Cooper attended the University of Alabama and immediately shined. He was a consensus All-American in his freshman year and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Cooper led the Crimson with 59 receptions for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Both his reception and yard totals were records for a freshman. Cooper starred in Alabama's 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the National Championship with six receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper dealt with injury in his sophomore season, but managed to record 45 receptions for a team-high 736 yards.
Cooper's best season at Alabama came in his junior year. He was named as the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year and finished the season with 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns. Cooper won the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation's most outstanding receiver, and he finished third in Heisman voting behind Marcus Mariota and Melvin Gordon.
With the fourth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Amari Cooper. Cooper was the first receiver chosen in the first round by the Raiders since they took Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) in 2009.