Talking With Darian Cooper

The DeMatha defensive lineman discusses some of his five official visits and gives an update on whether Penn State is in the mix.

Massive Maryland defensive tackle prospect Darian Cooper is closing in on announcing his top five list and has to whittle down a couple more schools to get there. Cooper said that UCLA will most likely be one of the five programs to get a visit and he's reached out to Iowa to schedule an official to the Hawkeyes. Another program that will most likely get a visit is Penn State, which will either see him for a home game in the fall or an official weekend in December.

"I really like the program, I like everything about it," Cooper said. "I am hoping to make it for a game and see that place packed and see what it is all about, see how intense the gameday experience is and how loud and passionate the fans are."

In the spring, Cooper had the chance to visit the Nittany Lions. He said his mother and his little brother had a great time during the visit and enjoyed the campus tour. Cooper talked about the fantastic facilities, also noting that he met with an academic advisor from the business program. The spring visit gave him a taste of what he hopes will be good experience this fall.

"I really like what they do at Penn State and how they communicated with me and showed me how they do things there," Cooper said. "They do a real job sending players to the next level at my position."

Cooper, a 6-foot-2, 280-pounder, said most schools are recruiting him as a defensive tackle. Iowa, for example, have told him that its will lose five interior players along the defensive line this year and that he has the chance to play early there.

"I plan on announcing after the season," Cooper said. "I might announce on a big television special down here with some other players down here."

Cooper's DeMatha program is 2-1 this season, coming off a tough loss to Gilman this past weekend. He had a good game for the storied DeMatha program, but wasn't pleased.

"It wasn't good enough, I don't care how well I do," Cooper said. "I'd rather the team win."

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