The 6'2"-293 center has three schools that are recruiting him the hardest right now. "Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Central Florida are recruiting me the hardest at this time." Of those three, Central Florida is the only school that has offered him thus far.
Cook visited Georgia Tech when Coach Paul Johnson was out of town. "I was told by the coaches that they are very interested in me," said Cook. "Coach Johnson likes to talk to the players first, especially the offensive ones and then extend the offer." Cook hopes to talk to him soon and make a return visit.
Tarik has already visited Alabama and Georgia for their Junior Days. "I also took a visit to Auburn with my coach." Cook also has plans to take some visits this spring. "I know that on April 3rd I will be going to Central Florida and we plan on making a side trip to Florida State." Tarik also plans to return to Tech to watch them practice. "I'd like to see them practice and get a good idea of how they play and how they are coached." He'll be planning the trip around his SAT and ACT tests as well as his school schedule. "I do know I want to get over there though." Additionally, Tarik plays center for Stephenson. "All of the schools recruiting me say that they see me as a center."
The most important thing for Cook as he begins to look at schools is do they have his major. "My main thing is do they have my major which is physical therapy." All the other things, like distance, he can handle. "Georgia Tech isn't too close but I don't see myself going too far west though."
Cook is keeping busy in the off-season doing weight training, running, and swimming to stay in shape. "I like to give my body some rest to get ready for the rigors of football and I feel these three things are the best way to stay in shape and still let my body rest."
Just as he doesn't yet have a list of favorites, Cook doesn't have a set plan on when he'll make his decision. "I do know that I want to get all the info I can on each school and then make a decision."