Although he wasn't able to participate in Big Dawg Camp due to it not being a kicking camp, Cooke was able to talk to and get to know a few of his future teammates and others he hopes will become teammates.
"It was good to meet (MSU QB commitment) Nick (Fitzgerald) and (prospect) Jesse Jackson," said Cooke. " Hopefully, Jesse Jackson will be coming (to Mississippi State). It was great to recruit a little bit and meet some of my future teammates."
He and MSU head coach Dan Mullen were able to get to know each other a little bit better during the camp.
"I talked to Coach Mullen a lot," said Cooke. "I was the only kicker here so we hung out a lot."
Cooke talked about his recruiting. Being a kicker is a unique position in the college football world. Most colleges want to see kickers in a kicking type situation before making a final decision to offer.
"I had a preferred walk-on offer from Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe offered, Southern Miss offered, Oklahoma was going to offer when State offered but I told them I was committed to State, Houston told me all that I had to do was show up and they would offer," said Cooke. "I think it was a total of twenty-seven D-I schools that wanted me to come visit and try out. Some of those twenty-seven were Iowa State, Miami (FL), Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, LSU, Texas A&M ... there were so many (I can't remember them all)."
But ultimately, Mississippi State won out and received Cooke's commitment. He explained why he felt MSU was the right place for him.
"I like that it is close to home and had a hometown feel about it," said Cooke. "It just feels like family. All the coaches feel like a second dad to me and make me feel like I'm family. There is nothing like Starkville, Mississippi. (When you come to this stadium) there are 60,000 cowbells (ringing)."
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