Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic DT Darian Cooper eliminated Michigan from contention when the…
GT Visits Darian Cooper
The path to the door of DeMatha Catholic defensive lineman Darian Cooper has been busy this week. Earlier in the week, Cooper received visits from Iowa, Michigan, and Michigan State. Thursday evening Cooper received a visit from Georgia Tech coaches Paul Johnson and Al Groh. The visit with the Georgia Tech coaches went well. "They talked with my mom and she had some questions that she wanted answered and she had a better chance to get to know the coaches because of the one of one meeting." Coach Johnson discussed the business side of Georgia Tech with Darian and his mom. "He talked about what Georgia Tech can do for me after college and he talked about the weight that a Georgia Tech degree carries." One out of every six graduates becomes millionaires at Georgia Tech. Coach Groh talked with Darian about the football side of things. "He talked to me about how they would utilize me in their defense." Coach Groh sees Cooper as a defensive end in the 3-4 defense that Coach Groh utilizes. "He said that if I wanted to, I could play nose guard and see the field earlier than I would at defensive end." Cooper would be a classic defensive end in the 3-4 defense. "He will use where it best suits me and the team and that is fine with me." Cooper was glad that Coach Johnson talked about the business side of things. "It was great that he was letting me know what a degree from Georgia Tech can accomplish."Cooper has a cousin that graduated from Georgia Tech and is now a CEO at one of the major auto makers. "My cousin has proven that the one out of six slogan is true. He is one who is definitely making great money after graduating from Tech." The meeting was a productive one for Cooper. "My mom had some questions and they were answered. She really likes what she heard and likes both coaches." Next for Darian will be his official visit to Iowa. The visit will be the last one for Cooper. "My teammate will be coming to Iowa but it will be after he takes the SAT." After the visit, Cooper will sit down and weigh everything he's learned and make his decision. There will be several factors that Darian will use to make his decision. "It will start with my relationship with the coaching staff." Cooper wants to make sure the coaches have his best interests at heart. "I will also look at the school to see if I have that comfortable feeling." That will be important to Darian because he'll be spending four or five years of his life there. Darian will be also considering Michigan State in addition to Georgia Tech and Iowa. Both Michigan State and Iowa are recruiting Cooper as a defensive tackle. "Whatever helps the teams the most is where I'll play."
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