Dave Wannstedt's staff was close to offering him, before they were all let go. Mike Haywood offered him at Miami (Ohio), so naturally it was assumed they would offer him at Pittsburgh, but Haywood never really got to recruit before he was shown the door. Now, new Panthers head coach Todd Graham has finally made the call that Cook was waiting for.
"Pitt called me last night it was Coach (Paul) Randolph, Coach (Todd) Graham and Coach (Tony) Gibson," Cook said. "They were all very excited when they were talking to me. Coach Graham wanted to make sure I knew it was him, but he said I was a special player and he wanted to tell me they were very exited about me and they want me to come for an official this weekend.
"Coach Matsook told me today in school that Pitt had offered me," replied Cook. "So, when they tell me officially in person I am going to tell them I want to be a Pittsburgh Panther."
Cook was noticeably excited while doing our interview, but it's understandable as to why.
"I am just so happy right now," explained Cook. "I have always dreamed of playing at Pitt, this is just such a great honor for me. I am so glad that everything is working out like I wanted it to."
Cook's mom may be more happy than anyone, she now knows there is a very good chance that her son is staying home.
"She is so relieved right now," laughed Cook. "She didn't want me to go far from home. She is very happy that I'll be right down the road from her."
Cincinnati and Kent State also offered Cook this week.