UPDATE: Iowa football commitment Darian Cooper from Maryland asked and received input from strangers on Twitter

  • Photo

UPDATED 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Cooper chose to sign with Iowa, as detailed in this Washington Post story.

Darian Cooper of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. is a defensive tackle looking for a college home. He wants to major in business.

As of early Tuesday evening, Cooper was undecided on his college choice. He's apparently narrowed his choices to Iowa and Michigan State according to this Washington Post story, though Georgia Tech and Michigan were in his final four.

On Monday night, Iowa got a verbal commitment from DeMatha cornerback Jordan Lomax. Current Hawkeyes running back Marcus Coker is a DeMatha graduate.

Cooper opened the floodgates of social media shortly before 7 p.m., Eastern time Tuesday when he posted this on his Twitter page:

aight ima need some help from yall on twitter to make my choice

Some of the early responses from strangers around the U.S.:

jtcamp37: @SuperCooper93 just in case you have not heard it ;) you are NEEDED and will be appreciated at Tech. It's a tight family.

Vinnyschick: @SuperCooper93 Iowa. Great business school. Great university. Great city. Great coach. Great fans.

shinb0: @SuperCooper93 Darian, Michigan business school #8 in the country, and guy the school is named after owns the Miami Dolphins

Tesar23: @SuperCooper93 gotta be the Spartans big coop, you and the boys will be running the big ten for years to come!

From Cooper early after his request for input: people i am reading every tweet yall send me dont worry

More responses:

KevinJohnson2: @SuperCooper93, university of Michigan... Largest living alumni base in the country, Wolverines are everywhere..

DHawkSox: @SuperCooper93 Take a look at the NFL roster and DL - Hawkeyes all over. Playoffs included. Go Hawks!

mdefalco3: @SuperCooper93 If your final 2 really come down to Iowa or MSU, As a UofM fan I say you go to neither, and take your talents to Miami.

MichaelPatrick2: @SuperCooper93 Hawk fans very loyal and are everywhere. I'm sure they'd even hire you with an MSU degree. From Seattle area

ericarenee13: @SuperCooper93 I am from Michigan and live in Iowa now. Believe me you don't want to choose Iowa. Michigan's business school is better.

Tesar23: @SuperCooper93 gotta be the Spartans big coop, you and the boys will be running the big ten for years to come!

yojarvis: @SuperCooper93 Best of luck regardless of your decision. Be fun to root against you at MSU...be MUCH more fun to root for you at #iowa!

One more Tweet from Cooper:

i have to b the one that lives with my choice and nobody else so ima do whats i feel in my heart

Like what you're reading?

We make it easy to stay connected:

to our email newsletters
Download our free apps

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.
Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.