Big Junior Getting Big Love From Colleges

Junior offensive tackle Brey Cook talks about his team's season and the recruiting process.

Springdale, Ark.--Quality offensive tackles on the high school level are hard to find so when a good young player gets spotted he instantly becomes a hot commodity for schools when they are allowed to contact him. That is the case with Har-Ber standout Brey Cook.

At a shade under 6-7 and nearly 295 pounds, Cook is a powerful blocker with good quickness and athleticism. He's also just a junior in high school. Because of that he couldn't be contacted until Sept. 1 by schools, but when that date came the mail came flooding in.

"Things have been busy since Sept. 1 for sure," Cook tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have gotten a lot of mail. I get a lot of letters every day. I get them from my coach and get them at home too. I talk to coaches here or there and e-mail other coaches."

An unofficial visitor to Florida last weekend to see the Gators take on Arkansas and also with trips to Oklahoma and nearby Arkansas already this year, Cook has gotten a feel for recruiting. It's a good thing with schools from all over showing him the love including several SEC powers.

"I get letters from LSU a lot," Cook says. "I get letters from Alabama a lot. I get random questionnaires from other schools a good bit. Alabama and LSU probably send me the most of like letters about their team and stats.

"I get a bunch of stuff from Auburn too," he adds. "A bunch of stuff. I get more handwritten stuff from Auburn than anybody."

Living in Springdale, one of Gus Malzahn's stops along the way to being Auburn's offensive coordinator at the moment and also close to Fayetteville (University of Arkansas), Cook says he's familiar with the Tigers and how they play after watching them so far this season.

"I know they were doing pretty well," Cook says. "They're still doing pretty well. Hopefully, they'll go get them this weekend. I know their coaches and coaching staff do a really good job and they are coaching them right. Hopefully, it will get back on track."

"We're doing pretty well so I must be doing something right," Cook says. "I guess my biggest thing is going through and finishing blocks and getting pancakes. I'm trying to knock guys to the ground and not stop until I hear the whistle. Just playing hard."

This season the Wildcats have been on a roll, currently undefeated and ranked number one in Class 7A. Last week Har-Ber defeated Rogers Heritage in overtime to remain perfect on the season and will take on Fort Smith Southside this week. Cook says so far the team has done what it has needed to keep moving forward.

In addition to his athleticism on the field, Cook has some power behind his blocks. He reports a bench press of 340 pounds and 460 on the squat.

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