Cooper Returns from Ames

It was a rough Saturday on the field for Iowa State, but the coaching staff still looked to make a positive impression on highly touted offensive line recruit Jon Cooper. The Fort Collins (Colo.) product made his official visit to Ames, and returned home on Sunday afternoon.

Cooper had some good things to say about the visit, and his experiences with offensive line coach Barney Cotton.

"It was a lot of fun," said Jon Cooper, who took his trip with teammate and ISU commit Derrick Catlett. "It was everything I expected and more. I got to meet a lot of the guys. They're good people and I liked hanging out with them and talking with them.

"The coaches are all great and I got to spend a lot more time with them. I tried to say in the back of the room and watch how Coach Cotton interacted with his players. He's a pretty laid back guy and talked them through everything. I like his style. I liked watching film with him. We had some one-on-one meetings."

Cooper wrapped up his visit this morning by having breakfast with a few coaches, then meeting with head coach Dan McCarney in his office. That was where the Cyclone coach made his pitch to Cooper.

"We had breakfast with some of the coaches, and I had a meeting with Coach McCarney," Cooper said. "He talked to me about how I felt about the program. He told me that I had a chance at early playing time. He talked about me being a part of the Cyclone family. I really like the whole family thing, because it is a great family atmosphere. That made me feel real comfortable."

The Cyclones could also benefit from having Catlett already on board. Having his high school teammate around did make for an even more positive experience for Cooper.

"I'm friends with Derrick and it probably made it more comfortable," the Fort Collins offensive lineman said. "It made it easier to relax and have fun. His whole family and my mom went."

Cooper had said all along that he would take a majority of his visits before making a commitment, and the lineman followed through on that pledge. One thing is for sure – the Cyclones didn't hurt their case this weekend.

"They've always been high on my list and are still high on my list," Cooper said. "I'm probably going to sit down with my mom tonight and write down some positives and negatives, then compare them with my other visits. The whole time I was there I was kind of looking for something negative, but it was hard to find anything bad about it."

Next up for Cooper appears to be an official visit to Oklahoma the weekend of Oct. 22. He's also looking at trips to Wisconsin in November, and Missouri the weekend of Dec. 10. He's also considering Oklahoma State for a visit in the coming months.

Cooper indicated that ISU, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Oklahoma State make up his list of five favorites.

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