Of course, that staff is no longer in State College. But Penn State's new one, led by head coach James Franklin, has recently made contact with the Owing Mills (Md.) McDonogh linebacker. Cook has a visit to University Park planned because of it.
"Once the old staff left, I had no contact until [running backs] Coach [Charles] Huff contacted me on Facebook," Cook said. "I'm going to visit for a spring practice, and he seemed to be pretty excited about it."
Cook has yet to have a full-blown conversation with Huff or any members of Penn State's staff, but he's hoping his March 22 trip will provide just that.
The Lions are already slated to host upward of 10 prospects that day. Though he's visited before, the linebacker said he will treat the trip as if he was visiting a school he's never been to.
"Yes and no," Cook said when asked whether he expected to hear from the Lions again. "No because I didn't think anyone at Vanderbilt would have heard about me, but yes because I wanted them to more than I expected them to.
"I want to meet all the new coaches. I've been there a few times, but I'm just going like it's a whole new school because of all the different coaches. I want to see what they have to offer, but I know it's a great staff."
So has Virginia, and the junior said he will visit the Cavaliers' Charlottesville campus sometime within the next two weeks.
"I spoke with [Virginia football administrator] Bob Price," Cook said. "I mean, I know as much as any normal person. Their academics are fantastic and they have a very good football team.
"When I go down there, it will be a big introductory meeting."