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Decision nearing for UF receiver Riley Cooper

GAINESVILLE -- Larry Cooper, the father of UF receiver Riley Cooper, said on Monday that his son might know by Friday if he is returning to Gainesville for his senior season of football.

Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round, Cooper is playing baseball this summer in the Texas Collegiate League in the hopes of signing a minor-league contract. Cooper is currently batting .171 (7 of 41, with two home runs and two doubles) for the McKinney Marshals of the Texas Collegiate League.

Contacted Monday, Larry Cooper said, "No update. No comment. Call back on Friday." 

A standout baseball player in high school, Riley Cooper was drafted in the 15th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006. Cooper will be a senior for the Gators' football team this season if he chooses to return to Gainesville for the fall semester, which begins August 24.

Major League Baseball's deadline for its teams to sign players drafted in the first-year player draft is Aug. 17. If Cooper does not sign with the Rangers, he will be eligible to be drafted again in 2010.

Florida's football practice begins on Aug. 8. UF coach Urban Meyer should be able to shed some light on Cooper's situation on Thursday at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover.

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