We caught up with the 6-foot-5, 290-pound three-star prospect once the dust settled on Wednesday to get more information on how Cook ended up pledging to the Tigers.
What made Missouri the right fit?
“I took a visit up there last week and I got to see everything and feel the atmosphere and talk to Coach (Barry) Odom and obviously Coach (Glen) Elarbee and I really liked it a lot,” Cook said. “I wanted to get some time away before I thought about making any decisions. I had the weekend and a couple days and then I decided that’s the right place for me to go.”
Cook said he was recruited by the Tigers as a center.
How does that fit his game?
“I can play all five spots on the O-line,” he said, “so it fits me well.”
Cook’s impressive offer list included schools like Miami, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. He narrowed his choices to two schools before making his decision.
“At the end it was between Missouri and Mississippi State,” he said.
How much did Cook know much about Missouri before the Tigers got involved with him in the recruiting process?
“I knew very minimal about Missouri,” Cook said. “I just knew they were kind of new in the SEC.”
That connection started back in the spring with Elarbee, the Tigers’ offensive line coach.
“Coach Elarbee was at my spring practice and they offered me and I kept a good connection with him and built a good relationship,” Cook said. “I guess it turned out to be something really good.”
What does Cook consider his strengths as an offensive lineman?
“I think I’m a good run blocker and think I have pretty good feet,” Cook said. “I think I can do pass blocking and run blocking pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement.”
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