DeMatha Product Gets Visit From Ferentz

Last week, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz visited with 4-star defensive tackle Darian Cooper. How did the visit go? HI's Josh Harvey talks with the DeMatha product.

Iowa is laying out the full court press for a couple DeMatha products.

Last week, head coach Kirk Ferentz paid an in-home visit with 4-star defensive tackle Darian Cooper. The two talked about what the future might hold for Cooper, if he would commit to the Hawks.

"To be honest, it was just a regular visit. We talked about football a little bit, but he wanted to really talk to my mom. It was a pretty good visit," said Cooper. He knows that it's my decision, but at the same time I will ask my mom for her opinion. It's important to me.

"He talked about how they really need me in the program and that they would expect me to play early."

Cooper is considering Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Georgia Tech. This weekend he will travel to Happy Valley for a visit and next week will come to Iowa City with No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

"I am looking forward to getting out to Iowa and checking out the campus and the campus life. I know each of these schools have great football programs," said Cooper.

Not all head coaches will participate in in-home visits, but Coach Ferentz will not shy away from it. Iowa fans hope that Ferentz will be the closer with Cooper and Kouandjio.

"He's a great guy and I've heard great things about him. I don't have an ideal coach, but he seems like a coach I would want to play for.

"As far as Coach Ferentz visiting me, it's really appreciated, but at the same time I hear that I'm not going to be having much interaction with the head coach when I get to college. It's all about my position coach."

Cooper reports a 2.6 core GPA and a 1400 SAT. On the season, Cooper recorded over 70 tackles and 10 sacks.

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