Within the last seven days, ISU picked up a commitment from Cooper's teammate and close friend Derrick Catlett, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end. The two have played football together since fifth grade and traveled to the Cyclones' padded camp in June.
How much of a factor will Catlett's decision be in picking finalists?
"(Iowa State's) got a great chance," Cooper said. "To tell you the truth, they probably will be in my top five. But it's not official yet, so I can't say for sure they are in it. Having Derrick already committed doesn't hurt them at all."
Cooper went on to say that if the Cyclones were one of two programs he liked at the end, they would probably win out because of his relationship with Catlett.
ISU's chances have also boosted by its recent hiring of defensive graduate assistant Bo Beck, a former assistant coach at Fort Collins.