Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha defensive tackle Darian Cooper took his final official visit this past weekend. The 6-foot-1, 275-pounder headed up to Iowa.
"I went to Iowa on Friday, it was a great visit," he said. "I had an amazing time. They had some great recruits out there and some guys committed to Iowa. I got to talk to the players and coaches as well."
What did the three-star do on the trip?
"Well, I went to a volleyball fundraiser," he said. "I also hung out in the dorms and played video games. I ate a whole bunch and did some signing. I got to meet and greet everybody.
"My host was Marcus Coker who was great. He's an upfront guy and just showed us the life. He's very honest and he'll tell you the good and bad of any school and any situation. There is no point in lying to you. He told me Iowa is not a place for everybody, you've got to be committed and dedicated to your classes and make something out of your football and academic career or it'll drive you crazy."
Prior to heading out on Sunday, Cooper met with the coaching staff.
"I had breakfast at coach's house and they told me they are coming in on Thursday," he said. "Overall, I had an amazing time. It was a lot better I don't want to say than I expected, but it definitely was a change of what I thought it was going to be, it was a lot more than I expected.
"I thought it was going to be cornfields and to be honest, it was much more than that. It was amazing out there. They were warm and welcoming. It's a place of solitude and if you really need to get away, Chicago is only three hours out."
For Cooper, the visits are done.
"I have no other officials set," he said. "I know I'm going to have to have a commitment by Signing Day, besides that I'm just going to sit back and find the best place for me. I'm down to the same three schools."