Lineman From Georgia Visits Auburn

Stephenson High School's Tarik Cook, who visited Auburn last weekend, is getting attention from SEC programs.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--A two-year starter for Stephenson High School, a program that consistently sends its top players to college football teams, Tarik Cook is expected to be one of those players who takes his game to the next level.

On Saturday the lineman made an unofficial visit to the Auburn campus to check out the program after previously visiting junior days at Alabama and Georgia. He says that he enjoyed the tour of campus and getting a chance to meet Auburn's coaching staff.

"Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, UCF, Michigan State, Michigan and Georgia Tech are recruiting me and now that I have visited Auburn I am hoping they will recruit me, too," Cook tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

A starting center the past two seasons, Cook notes that he has been playing football for about eight years. He says that he currently weighs in at 285 pounds on a six-foot-three frame.

Tarik Cook

Commenting on what he does best on a football field, Cook says, "Probably my quickness off the ball and getting my hands inside. I have a great power base and I always keep my feet moving."

He is quick enough that coaches at Stephenson plan to give him double duty as a senior with the assignment of also lining up at defensive tackle. Cook says he is looking forward to the new challenge.

"I will get to be aggressive almost all of the time at defensive tackle," he points out. "At center you have to pass block about half of the time."

Cook, who notes that he has a 3.2 grade point average at Stephenson High, says that he didn't grow up with a favorite college, but has an idea of what he is looking for in a place to continue his education after high school.

"I am interested in finding a college with a sports medicine or physical therapy program,"?he says. "I am looking for a place where I can grow and be better as a man."

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