"Coach (Wally) Burnham came to the school and watched me practice," said Cooper (6-0, 180). "He said the Iowa State staff liked my film, and he got feedback from my coach at Plant.
"Coach (Troy) Douglas also came down from Iowa State. He knew my dad (Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach Ron Cooper) and asked him, 'When can we do this (offer Tristan)?'"
Cooper made a couple of big plays in front of the Iowa State coaches, including a long reverse that went for a touchdown.
"It feels great to get that first BCS offer," said Cooper. "Since I've been little I've thought about playing on the big stage on TV in college. Now I know I'll get that chance, and it feels real good. I'm excited.
"The first one is the sweetest one. Coach Douglas knows my mom, too, which makes me even more comfortable with Iowa State. I wouldn't be homesick, either, because I moved around so many times with my dad being a coach. I'm going to go check it out at Iowa State and see if it's the right fit. It doesn't matter if I live far away in college (from his family's home)."
Plant was nationally-ranked at the end of last year by FOXSPORTSNEXT/Scout.com and the squad has looked good during spring practice, according to Cooper.
"The biggest difference between Plant and University Lab is the size of the front seven on defense," he said. "Also, the pace of practice is fast. Plant has won the state championship four out of the last six years, and we have fast-paced practices."
"Coach (Doug) Mallory came by our school and he said Indiana likes me," said Cooper. "He's supposed to come back to another practice.
"Ball State also came by and watched me practice. They love my film."