Cook has Wildcats near top

Arizona has already had Tyler Cook on campus once before. Read on for more about his next visit, his recruitment, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats have five committed players for the 2014 recruiting class and they are all on the offensive side of the ball.

Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is an offensive minded coach, but still puts plenty of emphasis on the defensive side of the game.

One defensive player that the Wildcats are doing well with is Murrieta (Calif.) Vista linebacker Tyler Cook.

The rising senior has plenty of offers and recently picked up one from the Ivy League.

"My recruitment has been really good," Cook said. "Yale was my latest offer and that one came a few weeks ago.

"It means a lot to me. Once I am able to take my visits, I can get everything organized and go from there."

Over the summer, Cook is planning on taking his visits to multiple schools. He will be attending camps at a few schools that he is interested in and making unofficial visits to schools not offering camps.

"I'm going to try and make it to some camps over the summer and I want to look at the schools that are interested in me," he said. "I know that BYU has a camp I am going to this Friday, and Arizona will be having a camp here in about two or three weeks that I will be going to."

He has already visited Arizona and BYU, in addition to San Jose State, Stanford, California, and Arizona State. While Cook knows which schools are at the top of his list, he is hesitant to name a leader.

"Arizona and BYU are definitely near the top," he said. "I'm still learning about other schools and I want to go to those campuses and see for myself.

"I want to get my own opinion. Arizona and BYU are definitely high up there, but I want to take my visits before I start setting up my board."

Cook took a trip down to Tucson earlier in the spring. He enjoyed his visit and came away most impressed by the coaches.

"The coaching staff at Arizona is what really stood out on my visit," Cook said. "They are amazing and I got to know each one of them personally. They are really cool guys. I wish I had gotten to talk to some of the players, but from what I saw it definitely seemed like a great college to go to.

"The whole campus was great. I grew up in the desert in a small town, so I'm used to the heat. The weather was really nice and I just really enjoyed it. It was a great trip."

The linebacker has had plenty of communication with the Wildcats' coaching staff. Cook talks to an Arizona coach about numerous topics as much as he can.

"They plan on keeping me at linebacker, but they want to see how well I can do in coverage," Cook said. "That way I wouldn't just be blitzing every play and I could drop back if I needed to."

Cook has been firm with his deadline for announcing which college he will attend. He still plans on announcing on the 8th of August, but would like to get through all of his visits before he decides to commit.

"I still plan on making my decision on August 8th," Cook said. "That is my parents' wedding anniversary and that's the plan, but if I don't get a chance to visit all the schools I want to, then I would have to push that day back."


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