Recruiting has seemed like a whirlwind of late for Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic two-way lineman Darian Cooper. Despite the frenzied pace, certain events still manage to stick out. The offer recent offer he received from Michigan registers as one of those events.
"They offered a couple weeks ago," Cooper recalled. "It was the Thursday before Spring Break. My mom picked me up from school and I got a message to call Coach Dews. I called him and he said, ‘Darian, all the coaches have watched your tape… you have an offer from Michigan.' I was like, ‘for real coach?' He said yes, ‘your offer is in the mail.' I couldn't believe it!"
What happened next caught Cooper even more by surprise.
"After he offered me, coach Dews asked me to put my mom on the phone," the Dematha star said. "I thought they were going to talk about Michigan and them offering me. Next thing you know, they were talking about food. Coach Dews wanted to know how my mom seasons her collard greens (laughing). They talked like they've known each other for years. It was really impressive how Coach Dews was able to talk about more than football."
Ironically, the 6'3" 295 pound defensive tackle will soon get a taste the flavor of the cooking in Ann Arbor.
"Yeah, I plan on coming up May 21st for the BBQ at the Big House," Cooper reported. "Me and my mom are scheduled to drive out there, but I might be able to get out there (Michigan) a couple days earlier and stay with my cousin."
While everything seems to be progressing well between Cooper and the Wolverines, it's worth noting that they have some stiff competition to fend off.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have also offered and it's program that has a history of raiding the state of Maryland for its top prospects.
"I went on an unofficial visit to Penn State recently," he said. "It was a chance to check out the program and get to know the coaches better. My mom and I got a chance to talk to coach Paterno, but we also spent time with Coach Larry Johnson Sr. I had already heard good things about him, and everything was right. He's a great man."
After a dominating performance at Maryland Showcase a month ago, Cooper now has his sights set on a bigger task.
"I've been training for the Penn State Nike Camp," he stated. "I'm told that a lot of top guys will be there, so I want to showcase my talent, and just continue to do work."
Until then, Cooper will be preparing to take the SAT May 1st.
"I've already completed the SAT Prep courses at the school," he said. "If I'm not satisfied with my score, I may take the test again."