Georgia center Case Cook’s official visit to the University of Missouri last weekend was his third trip to Columbia over the past year and he learned a little bit more about his future college program.
“It was really good,” Cook told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “It was good to see everybody and hang out with the guys, recruits and players and everything. It was good.”
A three-star prospect rated as the 14th-best center in the Class of 2017, Cook was one of several commitments making official visits over the weekend, including linebackers Jamal Brooks and Aubrey Miller, wide receiver DaRon Davis and fellow offensive lineman Hyrin White.
What was different this time?
“We just learned a little bit more about the new facility they are going to put in,” Cook said.
What did he think of the planned South end zone project?
“It’s gonna be good,” he said. “It’s easily probably nicer than anybody else in the country if you ask me.”
That wasn’t the highlight of his visit, Cook said.
“The best part to me was just getting to be around everybody again,” the Carrollton (Ga.) High School standout said. “This recruiting class, we’ve only met each other a handful of times, but we’re so close that it’s almost like we’ve known each other a long time. It’s always good to be around those guys and I always look forward to hanging out with them.”
Cook, Coleman and Brooks were all in Columbia on unofficial visits to watch Missouri’s late-season win over Vanderbilt. Now Coleman, also an offensive lineman, is already on campus as a student and Cook and Brooks are eagerly awaiting when they’ll get to join him.
“It was good to see him again,” Cook said of Coleman.
Cook will sign with Missouri next week, but not before he turned down interest from other schools since making his commitment to the Tigers.
“There’s been quite a few schools coming to try to talk to me or whatever, but it’s been good to basically tell them no because I’m 100 percent committed,” he said.
What was it about Missouri that has Cook so sure of his decision?
“Just being up there and being around the guys and the coaches and everything it’s a family atmosphere and they don’t have to tell you that it’s a family atmosphere,” he said. “You go up there and you just know. Once I committed, I’m a man of my word, I’m not going to back out. I’m definitely excited about being there and getting there in the summer and everything.”
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