"I called the Miami coaches today and told them that I was ready to commit," Cook told me tonight. "I wanted to get that decision out of the way before the season started and Miami was the best place for me."
At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Cook is a full academic qualifier with a 2.7 GPA and a 930 SAT score.
With scholarship offers from UM, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, LSU, and FIU, Cook said his final decision came down to the Canes and Vols.
"I really like Tennessee," he said. "They've always been my team. But it's different now. Miami's right here. They're giving me a chance to stay home and play big time college football. It's a great school and I really like the coaches there. Coach Stoops is the one recruiting me and I really like him. They want me to play the middle."
Cook said the Hurricanes came through with an offer just recently.
"When Miami offered, I was real happy about it," he said. "They said they like the way I play and how I fly around to the football. I led my team with 85 tackles last season. That's probably my best strength - I just go find the football."
The standout linebacker said he's not sure whether or not he'll take any other official visits.
"Tennessee wants me to come up there for a visit," he said. "But I'm not sure right now. I'm committed to Miami and I'll talk it over with my head coach."
Cook then talked about his goals this season.
"Basically, I'm trying to improve my game as much as I can," he said. "I want to be the best player I can be and I've been working real hard at that this summer. I didn't go to any summer camps because I wanted to stay home and work out with my teammates. We start up next week and I'm getting real excited."
Cook also talked about the possibility of playing college ball together with teammate John Beason.
"We're tight," he said. "We've been playing together and of course it would be nice to stick together. But he has his own decision to make. I know he really likes UM and Florida State but I don't know which schools have offered him."
Cook becomes UM's third commitment, joining Dave Howell and Kevin Everett. Miami Central defensive lineman Bryan Pata committed in late June, but as CanesTime.com reported last week, Pata is no longer committed and will take some visits.
Over a month ago, I posted an interview with Cook where he talked about how the Hurricanes were his favorite. At the time it appeared Cook could make a commitment if offered by the Hurricanes. It happened then he committed.