February 2, 2011

Cooper headed to Iowa

When defensive tackle Darian Cooper sat down to make his college decision this week, he was not really looking all that much at early playing time, location, or any of that. His primary focus was on the type of people that he would spend the next four to five years of his life with as he develops on and off the field.

According to the 6-foot-1, 275-pound Cooper, that is what led him to pick the Iowa Hawkeyes, which is the team that he signed his national letter of intent with on Wednesday afternoon.

"It was just the people," said Cooper. "My relationship with all the players and the coaches is great. They're genuine people and I felt like they really cared for me besides just the recruiting stuff. I got to build a good relationship with all the guys on the visit and started a real brotherhood with some of the other recruits too. I just really enjoyed everything there."

Along with Iowa, Cooper drew scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia, West Virginia, UCLA, NC State, Clemson, Maryland, Illinois, and Duke, among others, during the recruiting process. His four finalists were Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.

Cooper is the second commit for the Hawkeyes from DeMatha Catholic High School this year, joining cornerback Jordan Lomax. They will team up with another DeMatha product, running back Marcus Coker, in Iowa City next year.

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