Hoke Hangs with Mr. Cooper

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic DT Darian Cooper eliminated Michigan from contention when the previous coaching staff was fired, but that didn't stop new Michigan headman Brady Hoke from dropping by to see him today. Are the Wolverines back in contention?

Brady Hoke is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to close out Michigan's 2011 recruiting class in strong fashion.  Flanked by recruiting coordinator Chris Singletary, the Wolverines new leader is currently in the midst of a relentless visit tear.  Not only is he visiting prospects that either have committed to or have Michigan firmly on their lists, he is also checking in on a few that aren't considering the Maize & Blue at all. 

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic DT Darian Cooper certainly counts as a youngster that wasn't looking Michigan's way, but there was a time when they figured into his recruitment quite prominently.  Hoke has made it his mission to try to resuscitate Cooper's feelings about the Wolverines.

"(Hoke) came by today," Cooper reported.  "He was just preaching that he is a defensive coach and a defensive line coach by trade.  He also said that they have the Ravens (former) defensive coordinator.  He talked about the direction that they're moving in with the defense.  He said that they're in need of defensive players.  He was definitely selling that."

Michigan State and Iowa also dropped by today, and those two along with Georgia Tech currently comprise Cooper's top three.   With it being so late in the process the obvious question is will Michigan's attempt to re-enter the competition with those schools fall on deaf ears?

"I'm hearing (Michigan) out," Cooper said.  "It's a new coaching staff.  They're saying that they are going to revert back to the 4-3.  I'm kind of hearing them out for the time being. That's what they've asked of me and that's what I'm doing right now."

The presence of new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is certainly a huge selling point.

"It's the Ravens and they are known for defense," said Cooper of Mattison's background.  "Defense wins championships.  I'm definitely impressed.  Everybody down here the Ravens defense is what everyone knows them for."

While it's clear that the Wolverines made up a bit of ground with today's push, they're still a ways away from being on even footing with Cooper's trio of finalists.
"(The Wolverines) were asking me to take a visit on the 28th," said Cooper.  I feel pretty solid with the schools I have right now, but after my Iowa visit depending on how I feel, it's a chance (he'll visit Ann Arbor."

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Cooper in the days to come.

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