Niko Cooper

Niko Cooper finished 2019 with 24 tackles, including nine for loss, in the 2019 season.

The "Signee Spotlight" provides all the information you need on the newest batch of Huskers, including rankings, evaluations and a look at how they landed at Nebraska. 

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Niko Cooper

6-5, 220, OLB

Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College

247Sports composite: 3 stars (No. 64 juco overall, No. 3 position)

Rivals: 3 stars

ESPN: 3 stars

Other key offers: Maryland, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Memphis

How he got here: Cooper played high school football in Memphis, then matriculated to Hutchinson, a well-known juco northwest of Wichita. He redshirted in 2018 before finishing with 24 tackles (nine for loss) at Hutchinson in 2019. He’ll have three years to play three seasons. That was likely part of the appeal to Nebraska, which is looking for “sweet spot” linebackers who have some experience but also a nice chunk of eligibility remaining. He took an official visit to Nebraska on Dec. 13 and, despite having the option to take more to schools like K-State, Tech and Memphis, decided to sign with the Huskers.

Our take: Long and strong, Cooper does a nice job of pushing back an opposing tackle to set up an inside move. He appears decent on film, too, getting around the edge of a tackle, which is a must for any pass rusher. He has a big wingspan and can track plays down the line of scrimmage. Cooper will be given a chance to play early and may fit next season into a rotational situation. A year with Nebraska’s weight room and nutrition program should bulk him up better as a long-term contributor, especially in 2021 and 2022.

They said it: “The athleticism is off-the-charts good. And he’s a really good kid who’s a quick learner.” – Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades

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