Braylyn Cook planning official visits
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Braylyn Cook planning official visits

As his high school career comes to a close, Braylyn Cook is planning his final visits before making a college decision. The Georgia-based defensive back discusses his recruitment thus far, including the schools that he'll officially visit in the coming weeks.


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In his senior season at Fayette County High School (GA), free safety Braylyn Cook led his team in tackles with 88, along with leading his team in return yards. In one game this fall, Cook notched a kick return for 104 yards. He also recorded four forced fumbles.

Of course, those numbers were just on defense. Cook played at running back as well, and was named to the first team all-county squad.

Cook's recruitment has gained momentum in the months leading up to signing day, although he is waiting for his first official offer. Cook says he has been recruited by Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Albany State, Lehigh, Western Carolina, Alabama State and Charleston Southern this fall.

"I'll be going to Albany State for my first official visit on January 25th," Cook said, "and I will probably set up a visit with Georgia Southern."

While Cook hasn't narrowed down his options or named his top schools of interest, he would also like to visit Georgia State.

"I am wide open at the moment," Cook said of his recruitment. "I'm looking for a good football team and a nice campus that's close to home. I'd like to go to a school with nice coaches."

Although Cook lists location as a determining factor in his decision, he also says that "close to home" isn't a requirement. While on his visit to Albany State, Cook will base the success of the visit on the feeling he gets on campus.

This spring, Cook will focus solely on his offseason football workouts and wait until National Signing Day to make an announcement regarding his college decision, regardless of the success of his official visits.

What could a college team gain in offering Cook?

"A player that's going to work," Cook answered simply. "I'm all about progress. As the years go by, I aim to get better and better. I will not get worse.

"I make plays when plays need to be made," Cook continued. "I am also a leader on the field, and off the field as well."

Aside from Albany State, Cook has not yet set dates for his remaining official visits.