South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Pharoh Cooper will declare for the NFL Draft after the end of the season, The State's Josh Kendall reports. Saturday's game against Clemson will be his final in a Gamecocks uniform, Cooper's father told Kendall earlier today.
Cooper's decision isn't exactly a surprise. He will leave Columbia as one of the most versatile and popular players in program history; he enters Saturday's game with 134 catches, 2077 yards and 17 touchdowns, having switched to the wideout position before his sophomore year. He also was utilized in special teams, primary as a punt returner this season. Another testament to his versatility: his frequent use in the Wildcat formation, as he has thrown for four touchdowns in his career.
NFLDraftScout.com currently lists Cooper as the #7 WR in his draft class; however, given his versatility (mentioned above), he will prove valuable to an NFL team in ways beyond what a traditional wide receiver is used in. But Saturday's appearance will serve as a farewell appearance for him as he'll be remembered for his contributions to the team.