Zerrick Cooper became the latest Clemson Tiger to announce his transfer today when he announced his intention to leave the ACC Champions via a Tweet on the Clemson Football account. Cooper also confirmed to TigerNet that he would be taking a visit to Jacksonville State. This leaves Clemson with 5 quarterbacks on scholarship.
Cooper arrived at Clemson as a 4-star prospect and one of the best QBs in the country. He redshirted his first year at Clemson and competed for the starting job last spring and into fall camp. Unfortunately in limited action this year Cooper never seemed to put everything together. In surprise action against Wake Forest Cooper looked ill prepared. Then when called on to play against Syracuse there wasn’t much threat from the passing attack.
This is likely the best move for Cooper, he will have 2 years of eligibility after he sits out 1 season if he goes to an FBS school. If he ends up at Jacksonville State he would be eligible to play immediately.
For Clemson, Cooper’s departure gives the Tigers 15 open scholarships for the 15 players currently committed in the class of 2018. Two walk ons also have 1 year scholarships and if Clemson is able to sign WR Justyn Ross and OL Ricahrd Gouraige then all scholarships would be spoken for. If Clemson signs more than 2 players on National Signing Day next month expect to hear about potential transfers in the coming weeks.
Our best wishes to Zerrick as he moves on in his football and school career.