Brandyn Cook was one of the first Pitt commits under the previous staff. Even though those coaches—particularly offensive line coach Spencer Leftwich—were a big factor in his commitment, Cook says he's had some good early contact with new coach Paul Chryst, and everything is on track.
"He just made contact on Sunday," Cook said. "He's going to be calling back this week. I liked him a lot. He's a good guy, real down to earth."
Cook still has a lot going on, despite the fact he won't be doing track this season. He plans on playing in some indoor soccer games to stay in shape, getting ready for football. He will sign his letter of intent in a couple of weeks at a big ceremony at his high school. After a pretty big senior season, where he helped St. Xavier to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the state semifinals, Cook racked up an impressive list of honors as a senior.
He earned Honorable Mention all-state honors from multiple outlets, including Sports Illustrated. He was a first-team all-region selection and first-team all-conference. Cook was also named lineman MVP for his team, but the greatest honor came when he was named the Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year. This honor goes to the best lineman in the Tri-State area which includes Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. It marked the third year in a row that a lineman from St. Xavier took home the honor.
"It's a great honor," Cook said of winning the Munoz award. "Growing up in Cincinnati, that's who you look up to. He's one of the best offensive linemen to ever play the game. He's a great man off the field. It's a pretty big honor."
There will be one more high school game for Cook. He has been invited to participate in the Ohio North-South game, which will be played on Friday April 20 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.