Tyler Cook Starts to Emerge

The Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta outside linebacker, Tyler Cook, has picked up three offers this month...

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta may have seen the best safety in the country, and the West's top player (Su'a Cravens) graduate, but they won't be down for long.

A big reason for that is outside linebacker Tyler Cook (6-3, 212), who already has a trio of offers, with plenty more schools interested.

"San Jose State was the first school to offer me. I had met Coach Donte Williams last summer at a camp, when he was still with Washington. Coach Donte is high-energy and a player's coach, the kind of guy that I want to play for. After viewing my junior season film, Coach Williams called my coach and I received an offer from him and head coach Ron Caragher. I was excited to get my first FBS offer and appreciated how Coach Williams praised my film and pumped me up on their program," said Cook.

BYU followed suit a few days after.

"Four days later I talked to Coach Kelly Poppinga from BYU," said Cook. "He said they loved my film and the coaching staff had evaluated it over the weekend. On that Monday, Coach Bronco Mendenhall personally made an offer. I like BYU's top ranked defense. Coach Poppinga said I would fit well in their 3-4 scheme and that I have the potential to contribute early to their success," said Cook.

Hawaii then joined the fray this week.

"My most recent offer came from the Hawaii on Wednesday evening. This past weekend, I attended the AIGA Foundation's Polynesian Underclassmen Showcase in Las Vegas. It was a great camp, and I got to compete against the top guys in the nation. At the end of the AIGA Camp one of the coaches put the Hawaii's head coach, Norm Chow on the phone with me. That was quite an honor to talk to a football legend like him. He had me call Coach Powell on Wednesday, we talked, got to know each other better, and he offered," said Cook.

Now Cook is hoping to see more offers join the mix.

"Right now, I'm getting letters from programs across the nation. The coaches that have shown the most interest are, Oregon, Miami, Boise, Florida, Arizona State, Duke, Washington, Northwestern, Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, and UCLA. Coach Brennan Carroll said he is flying out to see me (in the spring). I am looking forward to meeting him," said Cook.

UCLA, which has his former teammate at Vista Murrieta and with Prodigy Athletics 7on7, Jeremy Castro, is a school he's highly interested in.

"I have developed a great relationship with the UCLA staff. UCLA is one of the closer schools for me to visit. I went to three home games this past season at UCLA. I have a good relationship with Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich, Coach (Lou) Spanos and Coach (Jim) Mora," said Cook.

Cook also plans to be busy this spring and summer.

"I will attend the NFTC on March 10th, UCLA's Elite Camp June 18th and I am looking forward to the Badger 7on7 competition in Las Vegas in March and will be competing in the AIGA Foundation's College Showcase the last weekend in June," said Cook. "I will definitely plan to do three camps and a couple of Junior Days."

Cook said he's getting attention on both sides of the ball from schools.

"I currently play a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid position and tight end at Vista Murrieta. A lot of coaches that talk to me like that I can play on both sides of the ball," said Cook.

Cook doesn't want to drag out a long recruitment either.

"I would like to have this decision wrapped up by the start of my senior season. I want to focus on another championship for Vista Murrieta. My high school record since my freshmen year is 37-1. I would love to go out on top and get a shot at the Open State Bowl," said Cook.

Academically, Cook has a 3.3 and is aiming for a 3.5 this spring. He'll also take the SAT and ACT in the spring.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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