Iowa still in the mix?

Has Darian Cooper narrowed his list to five like he planned? The senior talked with HI's Josh Harvey last night!

Four-star defensive tackle Darian Cooper wanted to be down to a list of five schools by this time of the year, he's still at seven, trying to figure who should be cut from his list.

"Every place I have fallen in love with," said Cooper to HawkeyeInsider.com. "I don't want to rush because of it."

The 6-foot-1, 290-pound DeMatha Catholic High School product is still considering Iowa, Penn State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State and Maryland.

"The opportunity is great at Iowa. I will definitely keep them in mind during the process. The staff has been great to me," said the senior. "I'm planning on setting up all of my five officials after I narrow it down to five schools."

In the midst of all of his recruiting, Cooper is also trying to focus on his senior season. A season that has seen DeMatha jump out to a 2-0 start, even if the Stags have had two close games.

"We have had to fight every game, so we have to play a lot better. We should be blowing teams out with all our talent," said Cooper. "It's early though, so we have time."

The talent pool is not lacking at DeMatha. Iowa has only officially offered Cooper's teammate Cyrus Kouandjio (5-star OT and No. 1 nationally), but appear to be evaluating other players as well. If one domino can fall, others might follow. It should also help that Marcus Coker, a former DeMatha player is already an Iowa uniform.

"I want to be at a place where I've got a strong relationship with the coaches and be with a staff that can nurture me not only as a player but as a man as well," Cooper told Allen Wallace of Scout.com. "I want to be comfortable with my surroundings and actually take the degree that I earn and use it for something. I think it's also important to go to a school with a strong alumni base."

As long as Cooper is considering Iowa, HawkeyeInsider.com will stay close to the situation and inform Hawkeye fans if anything breaks.


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