For the seven straight year, the DeMatha Stags will play for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. DeMatha senior defensive tackle Darian Cooper, an Iowa offeree, talked about the Stags 34-20 win over St. Johns last night with HawkeyeInsider.com.
"It feels amazing, we work hard year in and year out to get to this level of success and it feels great when it pays off," said Cooper. "We really just have our eyes on the championship since the playoffs are over now."
DeMatha is now 10-2 on the season, but it hasn't always been sunshine and rainbows during the year for the Stags. They started the season 4-2, causing of their players to change the focus of the team.
"We started off rough, but we started to understand that we play for more than just individual goals, that we are are a family, and there is a community that supports us. We must honor those from the past and pave a way for those in the future."
The WCAC championship game will be next Sunday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Stags opponent will be Good Counsel. The two teams are very familiar with each other, matching up for the seventh year in a row for the league title. A game the Stags took the first five years, before losing last year 14-7.
As far as recruiting, Cooper says his top schools remain Iowa, Penn State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State and Maryland. He does not have any currently favorite and will be taking visits once the season is officially over.
"I've talked with some of these schools about that (visits) and they've shot me some dates, but I haven't made anything official yet," Cooper told Scout.com Allen Wallace earlier in the week. "I'm not quite sure which schools I'll end up getting out to because there's some conflicting dates with some of these schools. But I know I'll start setting up visits after December 4 which is right after I take the SAT for the next time. I'm studying hard for that."
Cooper planned originally to be farther along in his recruitment, but put his college future on the back-burner when DeMatha struggled out of the gates.