Cook 'pumped' about Arkansas offer

Springdale Har-Ber offensive lineman Brey Cook (6-7, 298) helped lead the top-ranked Wildcats to a 27-14 win over Rogers Friday night. Afterward he talked with Hawgs Illustrated about his new offer from the University of Arkansas.

ROGERS – Junior offensive lineman Brey Cook had more than a few high fives and congratulatory comments Friday and none had to do with his team's win on the field that night.

Cook (6-7, 298) was offered a scholarship by Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Summers late Thursday, adding to an impressive list that already included offers from Oklahoma, Auburn and Tulsa.

"I was pretty pumped," Cook said of his offer following Har-Ber's 27-14 win over Rogers Friday night. "It was a great feeling. Oklahoma and Auburn, and all those are pretty cool, but there's something about Arkansas. It was nice to get that.

"My whole family has been calling me since and friends have been asking (about it). It's a big deal, I guess."

Cook earned offers from Oklahoma and Auburn over the summer after impressing coaches at both of those teams' camps. He attended Arkansas' one-day camp on July 18 but didn't participate, perhaps prolonging his offer from the Razorbacks.

The right tackle – who reports interest from Florida State, LSU, Kansas, Kansas State and several others – has continued his improvement into the season for the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 Class 7A-West), who are ranked as the state's No. 1 team.

"This is his first full year to start and this is a great league to cut your teeth on," Har-Ber coach Chris Wood said of the 7A-West, which has produced the last four state champions and last three state runners-up in Arkansas' highest classification. "I'm proud of him; he's handled it the right way.

"He's extremely excited about the Arkansas offer. He's a kid that has grown up in Northwest Arkansas his whole life. He's followed Arkansas football, he's been to the games and it means a lot to him that Arkansas thinks enough to offer a full scholarship. Now he'll sit back and focus on the rest of this year and when he hits the off-season he'll start focusing on those things."

With offers from both schools, Cook will attend Arkansas' home match-up with Auburn Saturday morning in Fayetteville. He won't go as an unofficial visitor, but instead sit in the stands with a friend, he said.

It will mark the second consecutive week Cook has taken in a Razorback game. He traveled to Arlington, Texas, with his mom and girlfriend last week to watch Arkansas' 47-19 win over Texas A&M at the Dallas Cowboys' Stadium.

"That (game) was a lot of fun and a really cool experience," said Cook, who also took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma on Sept. 12 and Arkansas on Sept. 19. "We got a win finally and it was a lot of fun to see that stadium and the screen and everything. It was a real cool experience."

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