Cook Impressed With Pitt Fans

Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier Brandyn Cook was one of several Pitt commits in attendance at Saturday's Pitt-Notre Dame game. Despite the loss, Cook says there's a lot to be optimistic about.

Brandyn Cook was the second prospect to verbally commit to Pitt's 2012 recruiting class. Saturday was his first visit to Pitt for a game, and he came away pretty impressed.

"That was the first game I got to go to," Cook said. "It was a pretty neat experience."

Asked to pick one thing he liked about his trip, he said there were many. Though he's played high school games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati and even Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, he says it's still possible to be awestruck setting foot in Heinz Field for the first time.

"It's hard to say one thing, but really the whole place," Cook said. "I wasn't sure how it was going to be, but it was an NFL-type stadium and a college game. The fan support was awesome. The ‘Sweet Caroline' thing (at the end of the third quarter) was pretty cool. I would just say the whole environment; the fans are pretty die-hard and it's a really good environment."

This coming from someone who plays at a school that has a pretty rabid fanbase.

"We have very good fan support at St. X," Cook said. "We have a huge student section; it's pretty similar. A couple of fans even came up to me, and said they're really glad to have me."

He even got to catch up with a couple of fellow recruits he already knows, in addition to meeting some new ones.

"The one guy I keep in touch with is William Parks from Philly," Cook said. "We both visited the same day (in June). Adam Pankey was there, he's from Hamilton (in Cincinnati). I knew him, talked to him. Chad Voytik, the quarterback, I talked to him for a minute. The other guy was Adam Bisnowaty. He's a pretty good tackle. I enjoyed talking with him. Those were the main people."

Overall, Cook says his visit was a success.

"I just think it's a really great place to play football, and go to school from an academics and football standpoint," Cook said. "The fans are amazing. Overall, I'm pretty lucky to be playing at a place like that. It's great. I'm excited."

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