Recruiting: Cook Has The World At His Mailbox

Brey Cook out of Springdale (Har-Ber High School), Ark., has to be one of the most highly recruited offensive linemen so far in the 2011 class and last week Oklahoma State jumped in the boatload of competition for his commitment and eventual signature on a letter of intent.

"Yes sir, I got a text from Oklahoma State last week that they have offered and I got the letter from the head coach so they are one of the 14 schools that have now offered a scholarship," said the polite, but obviously very talented blocker.

"I have the 14 offers and then I'd say I've heard from 30, 40, even 50 schools. I've got letters all over the kitchen table and they keep coming every day in the mailbox. It is a lot of fun. I have to admit that I'm having fun."

Actually the 6-7, 310-pound Cook is living a dream. He is evaluated as one of the best offensive tackle prospects in America and many coaches believe he could come in and play right now for them if he was a senior and graduating this year.

He ran a 5.2 in his last 40-yard dash. He has a 340-pound bench press max and a 465-pound max out on the squat. Football is his only sport, so he is working on it year round.

His offers include Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama, Miami, Mississippi, USC, UCLA, Mississippi State, LSU, and Oregon State, in addition to Oklahoma State. He went to Auburn a year ago for Junior Day and this winter has taken in Junior Days at Arkansas and Oklahoma, and this weekend just took an unofficial to national champion Alabama.

"It was good. A friend of mine and I went down there and we had a lot of fun," said Cook. "I got to see everything and was able to talk to the coaches."

Cook is well spoken and said he might want to major in communications. "Yes, maybe Journalism," said Cook. "I'm involved in a program at school where we read the announcements and do a little of that. I'm not positive, but I'm thinking about that."

As far as his decision, Cook has a lot to think about. First, as we've mentioned before, sometimes it is hard for prospects in Arkansas to leave the state although it has been happening more recently.

"Yes sir, I grew up a fan of Arkansas and the Razorbacks, being just 10 miles outside of Fayetteville," explained Cook. "I was a huge fan but this whole process (recruiting) has me looking at a lot of great schools and I need to check them out and see what they have to offer and eventually see who is at the top.

"OU and OSU are both great programs in Oklahoma. OU is one of my top teams right now because I went over there for Junior Day and they are a program with a lot to offer. I haven't had a chance to see Oklahoma State but I want to make it over and check it out. I'm going to take my time and I may take my official visits but I would like to have a school by December because I will be a December grad."

That last bit of information is significant because with the physical talent that Cook possesses and coming in early means he really would have a legitimate shot at playing as a freshman.

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