JC athlete Tim Cook plans Louisville visit

Eastern Arizona CC athlete Tim Cook has a growing list of scholarship offers, recently collecting invitations from Louisville and others. Cook, who talks with U of L assistant Chris Klenakis frequently, visited with Cardinal Authority to provide the latest.

Eastern Arizona Comminity College running back Tim Cook picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville last week, increasing his list of schools working to land his commitment to nine.

"I was pretty excited about it," Cook told Cardinal Authority. "It has made things a lot more difficult. Louisville is a great program, so it's making my choice even harder."

After playing linebacker, defensive end and running back last season, Cook (6'1, 235) is being recruited as an athlete. His list of offers also includes Arizona, California, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and others.

"I plan on taking a few visits this summer to get a better feel for the different schools," he said. "Right now I'm planning on visiting Louisville, Cal and Wisconsin."

Cook collected a few scholarship offers out of White Hall (Ark.) High School, but interest has increased significantly following a year at Eastern Arizona.

"Going the JuCo route has really helped me in a lot of ways," he explained. "Some people might think it's not the best way to go, but it helped me become more mature. It's helped me understand the importance of getting the work done in the classroom and also by being so far from home and having to be on my own."

U of L offensive line coach Chris Kelankis is the primary recruiter for Cook and the pair remain in frequent contact.

"We talk every Sunday," Cook said of his relationship with the Cardinals assistant.

Having named Wisconsin the leader just days before the Louisville offer, Cooks now claims that with the rising interest that he holds no favorites.

"They are all about equal right now," he said. "I'm going to go home in a couple weeks and then I'll sit down with my family and discuss all the options."

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