Interest is heating up in Cook. His upcoming menu includes visits to Penn State and Virginia, where…
"They offered me today," said the McDonogh linebacker after leaving Grounds on Wednesday. "It was pretty cool. Coach (Mike) London was just saying, you are probably wondering if they are going to offer me; when are they going to offer me; how is he offering me. Well you have an offer. So it was cool how he said it."
UVa joins Old Dominion and Maryland on his offer list- with Virginia Tech, Northwestern and Penn State showing interest. But the Cavaliers have certainly started well with the the 6-foot-2, 230 pounder. During his visit, the 2015 prospect was able to see all the facilities, take a tour, meet with the academic advisors, and of course meet with the coaches.
"I really liked him (London). He is a really good guy. It's really cool how he was a cop and he did undercover stuff. He seems like a really great guy, I'm just sure he is a great coach."
Although his interaction with London left a good impression, the middle linebacker also felt a connection with defensive coordinator, Jon Tenuta.
"He is pretty cool. I liked him a lot," he stated. "Just from talking to him, I could tell that I would like the way he coaches. He was an intense guy, no mistake kind of guy, which is something I look for in a coach."
Being a Maryland native and holding a Terps offer, the Cavaliers do have a battle in their hands.
"Virginia, it was pretty awesome. It is right up there with Maryland." he explained. "If I don't get any other offers, I have a lot of thinking to do. I hope I get other offers, but it is really going to be a tough choice."
Interest is picking up for Cook who will visit Virginia Tech on Thursday and Penn State on Saturday. Cook hopes the Hokies could be the next team to join the offer list.
"I hope so. I have heard a lot of great things about the campus and about the prestigious program and the coaches. Plus they came out and saw me earlier this winter and invited me down, but I couldn't make it down because of wrestling."
With these visits Cook is one step closer to a decision, as he continues to learn what it would be like to move away from his home-state, and if that is a decision he is ready to make.
"I love Maryland, not just the school,the state in general. It would be tough to leave, but I will have to make that decision if I want to stay or leave," Cook said. "It is going got be tough when I make that decision, and there will be a lot of factors when I do make that decision.
"How far my family has to travel for the games, just not the home games, but the away games. How they like the schools, and the quality of the schools.Do the coaches like me, and will I be able to play within the first two years I am there. ..Every place I've gone I've had a connection with the coaches so that's not really an issue with me."
Cook has no set timeline for his decision.