Huskers' No. 14 is a "baller"

For the second straight day, Nebraska has landed a commitment in the 2013 class. This time, from SEC country.


Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph has wasted no time in making his mark on the Huskers' recruiting efforts.

Usually it can take some time for a new coach to establish relationships when he heads to a new school, but after news of a possible SEC transfer because of Joseph earlier in the week, more news happened tonight.

Jonathan Cook, a cornerback for Spanish Fort high school in Alabama, made his commitment to Nebraska on Thursday. The three-star prospect is currently the nation's No. 75 cornerback in the 2013 class.

"I did commit. It feels great," said Cook. "My parents have been out of time for a long time and they came back. They talked with the coach and the conversation went well. They said if I wanted to get it over with, they liked the school and everything. They said it was my choice."

Cook, who is 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, had offers from a handful of schools including Arkansas State, Louisville, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Penn State, and Southern Alabama.

Last season, he recorded 65 tackles and six interceptions for the Toros, who finished the year 10-4 overall, losing in the third round of the Class 5A Alabama State Championship.

"It will be nice to have it over with, so no one is asking where I'm going and everything," said Cook. "This way, I can focus on my senior year."

While Joseph was a crucial key in Cook's recruitment, the 2013 senior says the fan base, Coach Pelini and Nebraska's tradition of putting defensive backs in the league went into his decision.

"Coach Pelini is an intense coach and because of it, they are pretty good on defense. They have good corners," said the Alabama product.

Cook was slated to visit Lincoln for the first time on Oct. 26th, when the Huskers square off against Michigan. The plan hasn't changed.

"It was sort of hard to commit without seeing it before, but I think it's going to be pretty good," said Cook.

Cook's commitment came as a surprise to most, as he was known to be definitely a player on the Huskers radar, but not a guy thought to be ready to commitment this soon.

So what does the three-star prospect bring to the field?

"I'm a baller," said a laughing Cook. "That sums it up."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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