Ark. Lineman Mulling Over UNC Visit

After visiting Alabama, Auburn, and Oklahoma several months back, Brey Cook narrowed his focus to three schools – or so he thought.

"I'd probably say Oklahoma, Alabama, and Arkansas were my top three," Cook said. "But then Auburn, I took a visit over there and liked it and I realized there are schools – Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Miami – that I hadn't even visited yet."

Cook, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive tackle from Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber, has wiped the slate clean and is now considering visiting Miami, UNC and Notre Dame and making return trips to Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, and Oklahoma.

"I don't have anything scheduled, but we're definitely going to try to make these trips this summer," Cook said. "The idea is to hit up a bunch of schools all at once. Most likely, we're going to make the visits in June – unless I wait until the season to take official visits, but hopefully I'll be decided by then."

By the end of June, Cook plans to narrow his list of schools under consideration down, again. His summer visits will play a major role in the process.

"All these schools that I'm going to visit are going to have great coaches and facilities," Cook said. "But it really comes down to where I feel at home, where I'm comfortable, where I think that I'll be happy the next four years, and where I can play my best football at."

Cook aims to make a verbal commitment by the end of the summer.

"It is my goal [to commit by then], but nothing I'm really pressing," Cook said. "Hopefully, I'll have it done by then, but you never know. I may have to wait until the fall to make my official visits before I can decide."

Nearly 20 schools have offered Cook a scholarship, including all six aforementioned universities, plus Duke, Mississippi, Southern Cal, and UCLA.

Every school is recruiting Cook as an offensive tackle. He has started at right tackle for Har-Ber since midway through his sophomore season.

Tar Heel head coach Butch Davis calls Springdale his hometown and signed a player from there several years ago – Zack Pianalto. Pianalto played his prep career at Har-Ber's cross-town rival, Springdale High.

"[UNC] is a great school," Cook said. "I'll tell you the first thing, honestly, [I noticed] was their colors – the same colors as my football team down here at Har-Ber. But they have a great coaching staff and seems like it would be a great place to check out."

Cook has gotten to know one member of UNC's coaching staff– Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter. Mogridge writes Cook regularly, and the two have had a handful of phone conversations.

"[He tells me] it's a great place up there, the atmosphere is awesome, and the football is great," Cook said. "He just basically talks about the school and the facilities."

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