Auburn the Leader for Big Cat Visitor

This class of 2013 football prospect comments on his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

Spanish Fort, Ala.--Big Cat Weekend visitor Jonathan Cook made it clear after his visit to Auburn that the Tigers are No. 1 on his list of favorites.

The 6-1, 183 pound defensive back from Spanish Fort High School has scholarship offers from across the region and into Big 10 country, but if he gets his way he will play college football for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

He said if he gets an offer from the Tigers he will be ready to say yes. "I should be getting it soon," Cook told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "They will let me know after this week. Auburn is where I want to be."

Rated a three-star cornerback by Scout.com, Cook has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Penn State, Minnesota, Arkansas State, Louisville and South Alabama plus he is getting interest from other colleges.

Cook said he likes the family atmosphere of the Auburn program as well as the emphasis on academics. Other pluses are the coaching staff and the support for the spiritual needs to the players. He added that he really likes "everything" about the program.

On Saturday at Auburn's fourth annual Big Cat Weekend the defensive back said he enjoyed spending time with Chizik as well as Willie Martinez, Auburn's new defensive backs coach. He pointed out the coaches told him they were impressed with his "ball skills."

It was Cook's second trip to meet with Auburn's coaches this year. Previously he was on campus for a junior day event.

Last season as a junior he made 65 tackles and intercepted six passes after starting as a sophomore on Spanish Fort's first-ever Class 5A state championship team.

Although he is rated as a cornerback, Cook noted he is being recruited as an athlete and he is willing to play any position to get onto the field as a college player.

Cook plans to return to Auburn this summer for at least one summer camp and said he may attend football camps at other colleges.


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