DT Darian Cooper Profile
CUTigers recently spoke to DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) junior Darian Cooper, who received the offer from Clemson running backs coach Andre Powell.
"When I called him, he told me that he just saw my highlight tape. He said he and the defensive coordinator were going over it. This was Tuesday night," Cooper said. "We called back Wednesday, he and my mother talked for a while, then he was like, ‘Darian, we're offering you.' It's definitely an honor and a blessing."
After word got around school that Clemson was his most recent school to offer, Cooper began hearing plenty of encouraging words about the Tigers.
"A lot of people at my school are Clemson fans. After I got the offer, a lot of people have been telling me to go to Clemson," he said. "It'd be good, if I was to go to school there, that I would already have a fan-base."
Now that Clemson's offer is in hand, Cooper would like to visit Tigertown. He plans to get his visits back cranked up later on this summer.
Maryland, Pittsburgh, USC, UCLA and East Carolina have all been destinations this spring.
"I'm going to give all the schools that have offered me a chance. I'm going to get out there and visit them. I plan to make a good relationship with all of the coaches," he said.
Along with Clemson, his offers include: Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, UCLA, Illinois, Maryland, Marshall and ECU.
No one sticks out as a favorite right now.
"It's still early in the recruiting process. I want to get a few offers and see everybody. I want to give everybody the benefit of the doubt—make it up to their campus, get a feel for the school, see if it's some place me and my family feel comfortable," Cooper said.
Along with making sure his family likes what they see, Cooper wants a school that is the right place for him.
"I want to have a good vibe up at the school, have a good connection with the coaches, try to get to know some of the players and have a real strong bond with everyone there," he said. "I want to make sure the school sets you up for success on all levels."
As a junior, Cooper had 10 sacks. He's being recruited to Clemson to play defensive tackle.
Scout.com ranks him as the No. 25 defensive tackle for the class of 2011.
Offer sent up the East Coast to DT
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