Four-star Miami (Fla.) Central defensive back Jamel Cook has been highly coveted for a long time. He picked Florida State earlier in the recruiting process, but few programs have let up for his signature.
The Scout100 talent already took official visits to Auburn and Miami (Fl) and he'll be busy this month before signing day on February 3. USC will have him on campus the weekend of January 22 and Alabama is likely to do the same on the following weekend, a mere few days before pen meets paper.
The Crimson Tide's approach with the elite defensive back has been consistent, yet accelerated of late.
"For them to come and recruit me in Miami, they said they only come down here for people they know will be first round, second round (NFL Draft) picks," Cook said. "That means I'm most likely there."
An official visit to Tuscaloosa would enable the opportunity to catch up with the program's coaching changes, though it won't be his fist time in town.
"The last time I was up there was in the summer, but I was with my team," he said. "I didn't really get to see Nick Saban or none of the coaching staff. Plus, they have a new DB coach now, and a new DC (defensive coordinator)."
Saying he's still "solid" with the Seminoles, he has an idea what Alabama may have to sell him on before a final decision is made.
"They've got to tell me I'm going to play as a true freshman," Cook said.
Clemson is another program still in the running for the Army All-American, so BamaMag asked about a national championship prediction.
"Bama, of course," Cook said. "It's the SEC, it's big-man football."
The No. 5 safety in America anticipates making a national signing day decision.