Cooper's reaction to Coker's play

DeMatha product Darian Cooper has been playing with Iowa running back Marcus Coker since 7th grade, so he wasn't surprised to hear about Coker's performance on Saturday. Come inside or the latest.

With injuries to multiple running backs, Iowa had to change plans on Saturday afternoon. A red-shirt would be burned, turning to Marcus Coker to carry some of the load in fourth quarter.

The DeMatha product didn't disappoint. A total of 10 carries for 60 yards and a one 12-yard reception. A great 1st game performance for any back, let alone a true freshman expecting to not play this season until he heard otherwise earlier in the week.

Now the question must be asked. Did Coker's performance help Iowa in their chances with a couple other DeMatha players?

"Wow, he was cooking out there. I have been playing with Marcus since the 7th grade, I wish him all the luck in the world," said Iowa defensive tackle offeree Darian Cooper. "He is always telling me and Cyrus how much the Iowa coaches want us."

The 4-star defensive tackle is still considering Iowa, plus Penn State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State and Maryland. He is expected to cut his remaining seven down to five in the coming weeks.

Many coaches can promise early playing time to high school seniors, but not always deliver. With Coker stepping on the field Saturday, now Cooper has evidence that Coach Ferentz isn't worried about playing younger guys. Although, Cooper doesn't want anything handed to him.

"I feel as if I can go in and compete and earn a spot. I'll be fine either way. I don't want to just walk in and start playing if I didn't earn it. I want to earn it," said Cooper.

DeMatha (MD) is currently 3-1 on the season, falling to Gilman 35-10 two weeks ago. But, they bounced back this week in 41-6 smooth victory over Paul VI.

"We played pretty good," said Cooper. "We are looking forward to our game with Gonzaga this week."

The Stags downed Gonzaga last season 35-0 in the state semi-final game.

Expect a decision from Cooper on where he will be taking his official visits in the coming weeks.

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