Kansas State Lands Isaiah Cook

The Wildcats made huge strides Monday with the committment of California linebacker Isaiah Cook. After visiting Oregon State over the weekend the undersized, but fast 'backer gave his verbal to K-State head coach Bill Snyder during an in-home visit Monday morning.

Kansas State made huge strides in its recruiting class Sunday night with the announcement of California linebacker Isaiah Cook's verbal to the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-1 190 pound Cook, who had an in-home visit with K-State head coach Bill Snyder Monday morning, just wrapped up a visit at Oregon State over the weekend. But the two-star talent said K-State offers better opportunities in the long run.  That's despite appearing like a Pac-10 lock earlier this month.

"It was a hard choice for me," said Cook, who had 68 tackles this season. "It was basically between Kansas State and Oregon State to the end. I just felt better about K-State. It's the best opportunity for me to play early."

Isaiah's mother, Beverly Cook, was extremely pleased with her son's choice, her favorite all along.

"It's just so exciting for all of us," she said. "That was my pick. They have a great athletic program and a real emphasis on academics there too. I want the best of both for Isaiah."

Mrs. Cook was also very impressed with Snyder Monday morning as he embarked on his whirlwind recruiting trip to California in what has been one of the biggest pushes before signing day.

"I thought he was a nice gentleman and very informative," she said. "I didn't have many questions because he was prepared and covered everything. He talked to us about their academics and I like his family values and how it involves the team. He was very interested in Isaiah's goals and his future, himself as a person, not just an athlete."

Cook, who took his official visit to K-State Dec. 12, arrived at his decision late last night after he returned from Oregon State, especially knowing that Snyder was going to visit in the morning.

"I just thought about it for a long time and felt like it was the best school for me," he said. "I liked Oregon State a lot. It's a great program, just like K-State, but going to K-State offers more opportunities to get on the field sooner. If I went to Oregon State I would probably have to redshirt, but at K-State I they said I will be competing for a starting spot as a freshman."

Cook fits the mold of one of the biggest trends in college football, undersized linebackers that have speed. Cook with his 4.60 40-yard time is much like the frame of graduating K-State ‘backer Josh Buhl, the Big 12's leading tackler.

"I do rely on my speed to get the ball," he said. "I don't care about the size. It is a trend right now because I can hit just as hard as the bigger linebackers, but I'm a lot faster. I just fly to the ball."

In the West region, Cook was ranked No. 12 prior to the season and is listed at No. 112 nationally. The Wildcats' Matt Miller oversaw most of the recruitment of Cook.

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