Napier checks in on DeMatha tackles

Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier was in and around the nation's capital early last week to see several highly touted prospects. One of those stops was at DeMatha Catholic High School to see a pair of 2011 linemen.

DT Darian Cooper Napier made the trip up to DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) to see defensive tackle Darian Cooper and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

It was less than a month ago when running backs coach/special teams coordinator Andre Powell sent an offer to Cooper.

Since he was unable to have a conversation with Napier in person, Cooper couldn't speak to Napier until he was ready to call the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

CUTigers recently caught up with Cooper for his thoughts on Napier's appearance.

"He was asking me what I was looking for in a college and things of that nature," Cooper said. "I told him I was looking for a place with a strong family atmosphere, a place where we can feel comfortable. A nice, homely place—a place where I can really vibe."

To go along with Clemson's offer, Cooper has offers that include Penn State, Michigan, N.C. State, UCLA and Maryland.

"I just want to go somewhere with some great leaders, some great coaches that I can emulate and strive to be like," he said.

Napier told Cooper about the three defensive tackles that are graduating after this season.

"They're trying to fill a major gap at the d-tackle position. He was preaching I should get down to Death Valley. He said it's an experience like no other," Cooper said.

He's starting to feel some excitement in being recruited by Clemson, enough that he will be heading to Tigertown sometime in the future.

"I'm definitely excited about trying to make a trip down there," Cooper said. "I haven't been able to set up and official date yet."


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