Cooks Excited About Bruin Future

Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln receiver Brandin Cooks, UCLA's first commitment in the 2011 class, is looking forward to his future in Westwood...

When UCLA seemed to have zero recruiting momentum in the offseason, it was Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln receiver Brandin Cooks who finally got things going for the Bruins.

Cooks, the 5-11, 170-pounder, who had been named the MVP of the Stanford NFTC for receivers, was the first verbal to UCLA.

And despite their struggles, Cooks said he remains completely solid to the Bruins.

"It's just a matter of time before things turn around all the way," said Cooks. "I can't wait to get down there. I talk to Phillip Ruhl (a freshman walk-on and former teammate of Cooks) and he tells me all the time how much he loves it and there is no place he'd rather be. I can't wait."

Cooks said he stays in regular contact with the Bruin coaching staff and also talks with other commits.

"We stay in contact all the time, and basically, every week I talk to the coaches, they give me a call. Coach (Clark) Lea calls me weekly and I talk to Coach (Reggie) Moore and Coach (Norm) Chow a lot. I went down to one of the games earlier this year and I'm going to go to a couple more."

Cooks said he talks consistently with future teammate, and potential battery-mate, Brett Hundley.

"I texted him a couple of times before he committed, throwing stuff at him and getting his input on what he thought about UCLA and told him I wanted him to go there," said Cooks. "Then when he committed, I talked with him more. We text a lot."

Cooks is hoping to make an early impression with the Bruin staff.

"I mean, that's a lot of people's goal, to come in and play right away, but you have got to take it serious," said Cooks. "My hope is when I get down there, I can come in and play. They've talked to me about returning punts and kicks and that's a big part of my game and definitely a spot I'd be working for."

Cooks said he still hears from a number of Pac-10 programs, but said he's got no interest in anyone else.

"I'm completely solid to UCLA," said Cooks. "Other schools write me or give me a call, but that's it. I'm going to UCLA."

Cooks said making his commitment as early as he did was a good decision.

"It's been pretty nice," said Cooks. "I still go out and play my game, but it's nice to know the recruiting process is done and I'm going to college, so it's just about keeping my grades up and playing hard."

Cooks has had a solid senior year for Lincoln, and they have a big game coming up this weekend.

"We play Lodi and it's a big game for the league championship," said Cooks. "The season is going pretty well. I'm working hard on myself and achieving some personal goals, and just trying to stay healthy."

Cooks said he anticipates taking his official visit in January.

"We talked about it when they want me to take it and I think we're going to set up a date in January sometime, around that area, a weekend they'll have a bunch of big recruits, after the football season."

Cooks has been named to the West squad for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach in December.


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